Kidney stones - what to ask your doctor
A kidney stone is a solid piece of material that forms in your kidney. The kidney stone may be stuck in your ureter (the tube that carries urine from your kidneys to your bladder). It also may be stuck in your bladder or urethra (the tube that carries urine from your bladder to outside your body). A stone can block the flow of your urine and cause great pain.
Below are some questions you may want to ask your doctor.
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If I had a kidney stone removed, can I get another one?
How much water and liquids should I drink every day? How do I know if I'm drinking enough? Is it ok to drink coffee, tea, or soft drinks?
What foods can I eat? What foods should I avoid?
- What types of protein can I eat?
- Can I have salt and other spices?
- Are fried foods or fatty foods ok?
- What vegetables and fruits should I eat?
- How much milk, eggs, cheese, and other dairy foods can I have?
Is it ok to take extra vitamins or minerals? How about herbal remedies?
What are the signs that I may have an infection?
Could I have a kidney stone and not have any symptoms?
Can I take medicines to keep kidney stones from coming back?
What surgeries can be done to treat my kidney stones?
What tests can be done to find out why I get kidney stones?
When should I call the health care provider?
Curhan GC. Nephrolilthiasis. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman's Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 128.
Reviewed By:Scott Miller, MD, Urologist in private practice in Atlanta, GA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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