I have learnt from doctors and online research(keeping in mind internet doesn't always speak the truth) that the best cure and to avoid kidney stone is to drink lots of water at least 4-5 ltrs/day but I guess it depends on body mass. Later, I also came to know that it occurs more to people who are sedentary worker. Those who work in office for long hours (6-8 hrs/day). What happens these people do drink water, but when the pressure develop they don't leave their place/desk to pee instead they hold on to it. So, the calcium and phosphorus starts to get deposit over an area. Ultimately leading to the formation to stone.
So its a good idea to move a bit , exercise your body like revolving your arms, twisting to certain degrees. I am writing on this topic in a hope people read a take care of themselves and they don't have to go to surgery. Keep in mind to consult the doctor if you have KS problem because it doesnt mean your stone will pass out through urine if you drink lots of liquid and some times the place where stone is stuck may require surgery. Like in my case the stone was stuck at Ureter edge to Bladder and it was big as 14mm. It is bigger than what you will see on Wikipedia page of Kidney stones. Continue to
a: Intake of tomatoes can cause stones
Fact: It has been proven beyond the doubts that tomatoes eaten in usual quantities, bhindi(okra) and other seeded vegetables have no role in causing renal stones. On the other hand, all kinds of beans foods like apples and apple juice, saag and leafy vegetables like spinach should be consumed in restricted quantities --- their is nothing banned!
b. Milk is prohibited in kidney stones
Fact: Milk and calcium containing medicines have been shown to have no effect whatsoever on the formation of kidney stones. Excess of protein-rich foods like meat, chicken and fish should however be avoided.
Myths about fluid intake
c. One should take plenty of all kinds of fluids to get rid of stones.
Fact: The best fluid guaranteed to prevent and treat renal stones is plenty of water to which some lemon juice is added, without sugar or salt in particular, is very harmful in stone disease. All other kinds of fluid like tea, coffee, sodas, soft drinks should be taken in moderation! All of these fluids do cause increased flow of urine but only causing loss of body's own fluid s! As a rough guide each cup of tea causes the body to lose at least two glasses of water! If one likes to drink any of these dehydrating fluids, one must drink more water.
d. Intake of beer is useful in kidney stone disease.
Fact: Beer causes kidney stones: In addition to causing a large scale loss of precious body fluids, beer contains several chemicals which can cause kidney stones!
e: If one stays in air conditioned atmosphere all the time one doesn't need to drink more water.
Fact: One of functions of air conditining is to remove moisture from the environment. So, if one lives and works in air conditioned atmosphere all day long, one must necessarily drink more water.
Myths about diagnosis of stone disease
f.Ultrasound is always right in diagnosing kidney stones.
Fact: Ultrasound examination may diagnose stones where there are none , and conversely, miss stones when they are present. There is a portion of the ureter in which a stone can be missed quite easily. To make a firm diagnosis of renal stone, a urologist usually considers the patient's history and then conducts a through clinical examinations, he may then advise several investigation, including ultrasound and imaging studies of the urinary tract with the intravenous urography and/or CT scan/Isotope scan. Using a combination of these techniques, he then advises apropriate treatment.
Myths about the treatment of renal stone.
a. Any doctor can treat stone disease.
Fact: Although every qualified MBBS doctor is supposed to have some working knowledge about various aspects of the kidney stone disease, many of them do not keep themselves updated, and so are unable to provide the correct advice. Non-MBBS doctors are obviously unqualified to prescribe allopathic treatment.
b.Desi medicenes can help get rid of stones.
Fact: There is no evidence that "desi" or indigenous medicines help in treating or preventing kidney stones. Many of these "desi" medicines, in fact, contain allopatic pain relieving medicines. The patient become free of pain and assumes that the stone has passed! After some time, the kidney becomes non-functional or "dead". Ayurveda/Homeopathic medicines may have some efficiency but do not have enough studies to support their issues.
c. Any surgeon can treat stone disease
Fact: Many surgeons who are interested in the kidney stone disease and keep their knowledge updated can usually render appropriate advice regarding kidney stone management. The best consultant to manage a patient of kidney stones is a urologist. A urologist is a surgeon who has been trained in urology for two-three years after acquiring the degree of M.S.(Surgery). A urologist may hold the degree of M.Ch. or DNB in urology.
d.There is no medical treatment of kidney stone disease.
Fact: There are specific guidelines for the management of every type of kidney stone disease, including medical management- most urologists are aware of these guidelines and follow them.As a general rule, if there are stones in both kidneys, at least one should be kept free of stone as soon as possible. Similarity, in case a stone is causing severe pain or fever or is likely to damage the kidney being affected, it usually needs urgent admission and management. Mere absence of pain does not mean that the kidney is safe.
e: Absence of pain means the stone has disappeared.
Fact: The fact that a stone which was earlier causing pain is not painful anymore does not necessarily indicate that it has been passed out. In fact, many times, pain disappears merely because the kidney has stopped to function! Even the absence of stone on ultrasound may not confirm that it has passed out. passage of stone in the urine is the only proof, positive of stone passage, unless additional test confirm it.
f. Intravenous fluids can help get rid of stones.
Fact: Intravenous fluids are used only to manage an episode of severe pain, not to "get rid of" stones. Pain caused by stones is so swear as to require intravenous medication for pain relief. In addition, there may be vomiting and abdominal distension during the severe pain which may limit the intake of oral fluids by the patients and this is why an intravenous drip may become necessary.
g. "Flushing"/"Lasix Therapy" or Fluid Diuresis" can get rid of stones.
Fact: There is NO medical evidence that Lasix therapy /forced diuresis helps to get rid of stones. However, despite this fact, this forms of treatment" continues to be the most common abused. If the stone is in kidney increase in urine flow will never affect it. If the stone is in the ureter obstructing the system, "flushing" can be so dangerous that it can actually kill the patient! All Urologists have seen patients brought in an emergency in septicemia because some doctor tried this ridiculous means of treatment.
h. Surgical removal of stones is useless because stones may form again.
Fact: Surgical removal can never be a cause for a new stone formation!Urologist usually give detailed dietary and medical advice to ensure that stones do not form again. It then becomes the duty of both the patients and the doctor to ensure that the advice is followed religiously.
I. Endoscopic surgery can cause re-occurrence of stones.
Fact. Endoscopic surgery can never be a cause of stones re-occurrence. What can happen is that stones or stone fragments are left behind during the surgery and they grow later. This may happen in patients with multiple kidney stones. For this reason, most urologist make sure that the patients leave the hospital free of stones after endoscopic surgery. Several techniques, including X-Rays are used to ensure that the patient is absolutely stone-free after the operative procedure. This is something which is never done after open surgery.
Source: Tribune: June 11, 2012