The kidneys fulfill a few essential tasks for the normal functioning of our body: they filter our blood from the wastes and toxins that come in along with what we eat, they regulate our blood pressure, help produce the red cells in our blood and keep our bones strong. When a stone develops in our kidney, its activity is slowed down, which can manifest in vomiting, increased blood pressure, fever and a persistent pain in our back.
If you face this kind of health problem, you should decide how to get rid of kidney stones together with your doctor, after an in depth consultation that will determine the size and the composition of the stones. Most kidney stones are made of calcium and can be relatively easily eliminated through the urinal tract. Stones made of other minerals can prove resistant to treatments, increase fast and reach a size that does not allow them to go out of our body by themselves.
There are three main methods that people usually use combined or separately to get rid of kidney stones: natural remedies, medication and medical intervention.
How to get rid of kidney stones with natural remedies
When the kidney stones are smaller than 4 mm, there are many herbs we can use to prepare teas that will help us expel the stones faster. Some of the most effective herbs are the corn silk, plantain and yarrow leaves, goldenrod, nettle, asparagus root and fennel. Use one or more of these herbs to prepare teas and drink no less than 4-5 cups per day for effective results.
How to get rid of kidney stones through medication
Most of the medicines prescribed to patients with kidney stones will help dissolve them and prevent new ones from forming. Depending on the minerals prevailing within your stones, the doctor will prescribe medicines based on thiazides or potassium citrate (for calcium stones), sodium bicarbonate (for uric acid stones) or penicillamine (for cystine stones). There are also some medicines, called alpha-blockers, which stimulate the spontaneous stones passage by relieving the ureter’s muscles from tension. Medication alone will not help you get rid of the kidney stones. The golden rule for coming to eliminate the renal calculi is to drink many liquids.
How to get rid of the kidney stones through medical intervention
When the kidney stones have exceeded 4 mm in diameter, they are not only unlikely to go out with the urine, but it would be also dangerous for this to happen because the stone could stop somewhere on the way, causing you pain and blocking other functions. When the stones become too big, it is advisable to find ways to break them down into pieces or alternative ways of getting them out of our kidneys. The three most frequently used medical interventions for getting rid of the kidney stones are the following:
- Sending shock waves to the kidney will cause stones crushing and will ease the eliminating process.
- Tunnel surgery consists in the removal of the stone through a narrow tunnel made into the patient’s back.
- Ureteroscope is a wire with one camera at one end that is introduced in the patient’s ureter, allowing the doctor to pull out the stone or destroy it with a device, for later elimination.
For someone having kidney stones it is useful to gather as much info as possible on this disorder. But only the doctor, after a thorough analysis, will tell you how to get rid of kidney stones in the most effective and quickest way.