Alternatives For Kidney Stone Pain Relief
Kidney stone pain relief is something we want to be both fast acting and effective. There are a number of home remedies designed to relieve kidney stone pain, and a number of things that can be done to help keep kidney stones which may be present from causing pain. There are also a number of things one can do to lessen the chance of kidney stones forming in the first place. We'll look at all of these, with the emphasis being on pain relief.
Kidney Stones Are Normally Quite Small - Most kidney stones are not much larger than a grain of sand and pass through the urinary tract without problem, and without causing pain. Larger stones, even if they are small enough to be passed, can nevertheless cause considerable pain in the process of doing so. Occasionally a stone will be sufficiently large so that it cannot be easily passed or creates a blockage. In such a case, the stone may either have to be broken down, often by ultrasound or a laser-based technique, or surgically removed. If not, pain may become increasingly severe, and there exists a real chance of infection in the urinary tract.
If conditions become severe ,and kidneys stone pain relief has to be immediate, ultrasound or surgical removal may be the only options, although a pain relieving medication will usually be prescribed to give the patient relief until the stone can be dealt with. Oral analgesics will often suffice when the pain is not severe, but when it is, intravenous fluids containing appropriate kidney stone pain relief medication or intramuscular injections may necessary.
Often, kidney stone pain is not severe, or is at least tolerable, and home remedies may suffice to provide needed relief. Home remedies can also serve to help pass kidney stones before they become large enough to cause pain or blockages, and can also help in preventing the stones from forming in the first place. The right combination of diet and herbal remedies, may be all that one needs to do to both get relief and eliminate the problem in the longer term.
Not All Stones Are Alike - There are several types of kidney stones, with each type consisting of a different combination elements. Calcium and calcium salts very often are the basis for the formation of a stone. Food containing calcium and phosphates should be restricted in the diet, and where possible, eliminated completely. Magnesium phosphates and certain carbonates can also form the basis for a kidney stone, as can oxalate and uric acid. To prevent some stones, a diet which will keep the urine acidic will be helpful, while for other types of stones, maintaining urine on the alkaline side is best. Obviously, one cannot do both at the same time, so it really is necessary to find out what type of kidney stones one has before attempting any drastic dietary changes.
Avoid Some Foods To Reduce Pain - Some foods tend irritate the kidneys, especially when kidney stones are present. Alcohol, acidic vegetables, and vegetables with a strong aroma, such as onions, fall into this category. Kidney stone pain relief can be attained, at least partially, by avoiding these types of foods when pain is apt to occur. Foods which often offer kidney stone pain relief include watermelon and grapes with their high water content. A paste of ground up pomegranate seeds can be very helpful, as can celery. Vitamin B6, while slow acting, can over the long run go a long ways in curing kidney stone problems, and in the short run, daily dosages of 100 milligrams of a complex B vitamin, including vitamin B6, can often provide relief from pain.
Herbal Remedies - Herbal remedies can also be effective for kidney stone pain relief. Herbals are usually safe if not taken in excessive doses, and as such will not cause unexpected or discomforting side effects. Pennyroyal is helpful in reducing muscular spasms which can accompany kidney stone pain. Crampbark is another antispasmodic herb. Kava Kava and Khella can act as mild sedatives, and help a stone pass through the urinary tract with greater ease, and consequently with less pain. A hot pack of vinegar and water, or Castor oil, applied to the painful area can also be effective in relieving the pain associated with the passing of a kidney stone.
For The Long Term - For the longer term, it will pay dividends to fashion a diet designed to prevent kidney stones from forming in the first place. The diet may be as simple as increasing the amount of fluids, especially water, and cutting down on caffeine drinks and carbonated drinks, even if naturally carbonated. Fresh fruits and vegetables are of course always good. Cutting back on dairy foods, and eating several smaller portions rather than large meals will also be helpful. There are things that one can do.
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