Approximately twelve out of every 100 people, or 12% of the population, will develop a kidney stone at some point in their lives. This conditions prevalence begins to increase as we reach around 40 years of age, and chances of stone formation continues to climb well into our 70s. Kidney stones are one, if not the most, painful of all urologic disorders. Although these stones can pass out of the body without any medical intervention, the pain is so severe that many patients will look for immediate assistance from the medical community.
Stones usually cause lasting symptoms. The primary symptom, as mentioned, is pain, but having kidney stones can lead to other serious complications, including blood in the urine (hematuria) and urinary tract infection (UTI). Although research has not provided a precise calculation on factors influencing stone formation, we know that diet plays an important role. Proper hydration and nutritional adequacy are both paramount in preventing kidney stone formation.
As you may already know, many American's fail to receive adequate nourishment through diet alone. Renalis can be your primary defense, replenishing the body with nutrients lacking from diet. Progressive Health's unique blend of kidney supporting nutrients promote reductions in urinary calcium levels and subsequent stone formation, while promoting kidney health and function.
Natural Therapies, including Renalis, may help to ease the pain and spasm that accompanies stone passage, while ensuring kidney health and limiting the potential for future stone formation.
What is a Kidney Stone?
A kidney stone ( Renal Calculi or Nephrolithiasis ) is a solid mass of crystals (minerals) that separate from the urine and build up upon the inner surfaces of the kidneys. They form when the normal balance of water, salts, and minerals found in the urine changes.
As well, certain chemicals found in urine normally prevent crystals from forming. However for some unknown reason, these chemicals do not work efficiently in everyone and, consequently, a formation of stones results. Most individuals will pass stones without ever knowing a crystalization has taken place, as their structure usually remains tiny enough to "pass" without incident. The type of kidney stone you have is dependant upon both the chemical composition of your urine and change in nutrient balance.
The most common substance resulting in the formation of stones is calcium; usually when combined with either an oxalate or phosphate. The amino acid, cysteine, and uric acid are other chemical compounds that can lead to kidney stone formation.
Signs and Symptoms:
The majority of individuals with kidney stones do not present any symptoms. Unfortunately, the first symptom is often extreme pain due to a blockage of urine flow as the stone moves in the urinary tract. Many patients describe this pain as a "sharp/stabbing and cramping" sensation either in the lower abdomen or on the back and side of the body where the kidney is actually located. This pain may spread throughout the groin region. Nausea and vomiting have been known to occur as well.
Secondary symptoms may manifest as either blood in the urine, fever and chills, or both. Elevation in body temperature is likely a result of infection. As the stone moves down the ureter, closer to the bladder, the need to urinate is more pronounced. Lastly, there may be a burning sensation during urinating.
"In 2000, kidney stone patients made nearly 3 million visits to health care providers for symptom management. Approximately 600,000 of these persons went directly to the emergency room."