Kidney Stones Pain And Prevention.

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Working as an emergency room RN, I have seen many people suffering from kidney stones. About 80% are men, why we dont know. They have lower abdominal pain or flank pain on one side. The pain they feel is intense.

We first ask them for a urine sample. Using a dip stick the nurse typically finds blood in the urine, often with hardly any infection (though there may well be infection, and often the presence of ketones, a sign of dehydration). The patient is then given intravenous fluids (salt water) to help flush the kidneys, and after the doctors formal diagnosis, pain medication also. The aim of the pain medication is to give the patient a rest as the fluids help the stones pass through less painfully.

A blood test and cat scan is often ordered for further confirmation. The scan can show both the size and location of the stone. If there is no sign of infection, the patients go home with pain medication and instructions to increase their water intake. They are also advised to use a strainer to catch and save the kidney stone, which can then be sent for analysis. Certain foods may then be proscribed to diminish the likelihood that more kidney stones are...

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