Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are crystals made of minerals and salts that form inside the kidney. They can vary in size from few millimeters to centimeters. There may be no symptoms or be accompanied by abdomen pain, painful urination or blood in urine, etc.

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Can kidney stones be dissolved with medicine when there is hydronephrosis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 19-year-old. I had an enormous pain in my stomach two days back. In ultrasound, I came to know that I have two kidney stones, 4.4 mm in the left kidney 6.5 mm in the left ureter. And I have hydronephrosis in the left kidney. Would they come out on their own? Please give your opinion...  Read Full »

Dr. Manisha Raghunath Auradkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Kidney stones are very painful, and depending on their size, their treatment is planned. The size of the stones is not small; hence the pain is extreme. Have you consulted a nephrologist or urologist regarding this? If not, I suggest you do it as soon as possible. Ce...  Read Full »

I have fever after kidney operation. Can I remove the stent now?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a kidney stone operation on the first of this month. I had fever (temperature 102 degrees Celcius) four days back. The doctor gave me an antibiotic on the same day when I reported to the hospital at night. Again I had a heavy temperature the next day, early morning and night. Tem...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer S J Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. As you have a fever, there may be a chance that you have an infection, and it is dangerous to be only on oral antibiotics. I suggest you get admitted and be on intravenous hydration with antibiotics. I also suggest t...  Read Full »

How are stomach pain and diarrhea treated?

Query: Hi doctor, For around two weeks, I have had sharp excruciating pain in my stomach and diarrhea. I cannot hold my food down and the frequency of pain is constant. I have diarrhea for every 30 to 60 minutes. I also have sharp pains in my kidney area. My current medication includes Omeprazole 40 mg, B...  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Pain in abdomen and diarrhea may be due to gastroenteritis, worm infestation, colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, etc. Kidney pain may be due to stones or UTI (urinary tract infection). I would suggest you to carry out ultrasound examination of abdomen, stool exa...  Read Full »

I am experiencing pain but stone has not passed. Should I see a doctor now?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed several months ago with bladder stones. Tests on stones indicated uric acid content also. I have been on Flomax, then one week ago started Avodart. Most days, I drink lots of water and sometimes coconut water. I pass stones every two or three weeks - different sizes. W...  Read Full »

Dr. Saurabh Subhash Pandya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I hope the bladder stones you mentioned you had earlier had passed. Blood in urine after renal colic suggests stone may have reached the lower end of kidney tube (ureter) and may pass soon. However, it is best to confirm it has passed by getting an ultrasound done. Flo...  Read Full »

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Query: Hi doctor, I am a 59 year old male. I had kidney stones problem for nearly eight years. I had multiple operations such as right pyelolithotomy and left ureterolithotomy to remove stone during that period. Now, after 20 years, I got a sudden pain and my ultrasound detected kidney stone. I had a CT s...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivekanandan. G

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is good that you remained without any major stone episodes for more than 10 years. Your creatinine level is normal (attachment removed to protect patient identity), which is good. You can wait and follow up every three months with ultrasound for stones. ...  Read Full »

What causes my left abdominal discomfort leading to my left testicles?

Query: Hello doctor,I am having left middle abdominal discomfort leading to my left testicles. I also have a burning sensation from the middle part of the left abdomen to my testicles.   Read Full »

Dr. Radha Peruvemba Hariharan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From the description, your symptoms sound as if the pain is starting from your left kidney and radiating down to your testicles or urethral opening. Most likely it could be a small stone stuck in your ureter connecting your kidney and your urinary bladder. You will have ...  Read Full »

Should I undergo percutaneous nephrolithotomy for a 1.5 cm long kidney stone or take medications?

Query: Hello doctor, I have back pain due to a kidney stone. I went to the hospital for a CT scan. My scan report suggests that I have a stone in my kidney that is 1.5 cm long. They have suggested me to undergo PCNL (percutaneous nephrolithotomy) surgery. Should I undergo surgery or take medications?  Read Full »

Dr. Samer S J Altawil

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The treatment options for a 1.5 cm long stone are: Shockwave lithotripsy. Retrograde intra renal surgery. PCNL (percutaneous nephrolithotomy).   Read Full »

Can high blood pressure and diabetes decrease serum albumin or globulin levels?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 48-year-old male. I have a high blood pressure since five years and type 2 diabetes mellitus since two years. I had a master health checkup last week. My reports showed serum albumin at 3.2, total protein at 5.8, and globulin at 2.6. The urine analysis report and the X-ray an...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Varma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it is clear that apart from serum protein and albumin, all other parameters look normal. However, even these values are not grossly abnormal. As you may be knowing, the liver is the site of productio...  Read Full »

Should I be worried about the white stuff in my urine as I have only one kidney?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26 year old guy, with one kidney. One year ago, I made a CT scan with contrast. A week after this event, I started to have white stuff in the urine. If I am sitting, there are white things floating on the surface. If I am up, it starts to foam a lot. So, I did a blood and urine ...  Read Full »

Dr. Choudhary Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). First, let us discuss the prognosis of a single kidney. I have had many patients in the OPD (out patient department) with an incidentally detected single kidney in the age group of 60's. Al...  Read Full »

I am diagnosed with kidney stones and have dark-colored urine and pain on the right side abdomen. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have had dark brown-colored urine for the past two months. I underwent a blood test and scan suggested by a urologist. The result showed kidney stones and high uric acid levels. No allopathic medicines have been taken so far. Instead chose homeopathy. Symptoms were diminishing. Then ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhav Vishal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have a kidney stone of approximately 1 cm in the left kidney, which can cause pain. The report (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) is more than two months old. You will need to repeat it to know the exact status of renal stones. Urine color is d...  Read Full »

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