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Kidney Stones: What Can I Do to Pass One at Home?

by Arkansas Urology on Thursday, August 20, 2020


Kidney stones are more common in the summertime, and you aren’t alone in wanting to pass one
from the comfort of your home instead of making a trip to the hospital. An estimated 10 percent of
Americans will experience kidney stones in their lifetime, and if you’ve suffered from this condition
before, you know just how unpleasant it can be. Also, about 50% of people who develop kidney stones
will have more stones in the future, so prevention is key. While kidney stones can certainly be painful,
there are several things you can do at home to make passing one as comfortable as possible.
The single most important thing you can do to pass a kidney stone is drink plenty of water. You
should drink more water than you usually do until the stone passes. Keep in mind that regularly
mixing lemon juice in your water is an excellent way to prevent stones from forming again in the
future. Avoid high-oxalate foods and sugary, caffeinated drinks like soda and sweet tea.
Be sure to take over-the-counter pain medications as needed until the stone passes as well. A heating
pad or warm bath can also help relieve pain if it’s intense. If possible, you should try to remain active
and walk around, as movement may also help the stone pass more easily.

If any of the following occur due to kidney stones, you should see a doctor as soon as possible:

● Fever
● Vomiting
● Blood in your urine
● Severe pain that is unbearable

In some cases, medication or other treatments may be necessary. For instance, if a stone causes the
complete block of urine flow, extreme pain that is not controllable with medication, or a urinary tract
infection. Treatment options can include extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL), percutaneous
nephrolithotomy and ureteroscopy, and in rare cases, surgery. If you’re having complications passing
a kidney stone, don’t hesitate to call your doctor.


At Arkansas Urology, we’re here for you. Our patients’ health has been and will always be
our top priority! Are you suffering from kidney stones? Contact us today to schedule your
appointment, or book your appointment online.