"Its unlikely that the bulge was related to kidney stones or inflammation. Perhaps a flank hernia?? I'm not sure what they mean by "inflammation." On a CT scan one can see "stranding" around the kidney or ureter, but this could be the ..."
"There is really nothing that will make non-obstructing stones sitting in the kidneys come out faster. People have tried massive fluids, medications, and standing on their heads, and none has been better than no intervention. A stone pa..."
"This all sounds reasonable. Lithotripsy can be done with US guidance on some machines, but most use x-ray. 20 days after URS you should be able to travel. Stents are not comfortable, but I'd say 10% is a reasonable estimate for people..."
"Yes, there is a significant risk of having the stent in this long. Stents can become encrusted and occluded when left in this long and can actually block and PERMANENTLY damage your kidney. They can be difficult to remove if they have ..."
"stones less than 5 mm have a high chance of passing on their own, like 80%, but these numbers allow a month for spontaneous passage. The higher a stone is when it gets caught, the lower its rate of passage, so a 4mm stone in the upper u..."
"Hopefully you have passed it by now. The urinary symptoms and groin pain you describe are classic for a stone right near the bladder. Most 3mm UVJ stones pass without surgery, and Flomax and fluids are all you can do. If it has not pa..."
"US is not a super accurate way to measure the size of a stone, so I would probably have you get a simple abdominal X-ray. If the stone is truly 4.9mm, it is passable without surgery, and the most effective medication to help it along is..."
"pregnancy causes changes in body chemistry that can lead to stones. You would need to do a urine chemistry test after your pregnancy ends to find if you are at increased risk for stones going forward. Prenatal vitamins are unlikely to c..."
"With that many stones you should have a 24 hour urine collection to evaluate your urine chemistry while eating and drinking your regular diet. Only then can you know what aspects of your urinary chemistry are causing your stones. Your ..."
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