How are you? Kidney stones may form when the normal balance of water, salts, minerals, and other substances found in urine changes.Kidney stones can run in families.They may stay in your kidneys or travel out of your body through the urinary tract. Kidney stones often cause no pain while they are in the kidneys, but they can cause sudden, severe pain as they travel from the kidneys to the bladder. Most small stones which are less than 5mm move out of the body without the need for any treatment other than drinking extra fluids and taking pain medicine.The average time a stone takes to pass ranges between 1 and 3 weeks. If your pain is too severe, if the stones are blocking the urinary tract, or if you also have an infection, your doctor will probably suggest medical or surgical treatment. Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is the most commonly used medical treatment for kidney stones. It uses shock waves that pass easily through the body but are strong enough to break up a kidney stone. If ESWL does not work or if you have a very large stone, Percutaneous nephrolithotomy or nephrolithotripsy is done. The surgeon puts a narrow telescope into the kidney through a cut in your back. He or she then removes the stone or breaks it up and removes it.
After you have had kidney stones, you are more likely to have them again. You can help prevent them by drinking enough water to keep your urine clear, about 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. You may have to eat less of certain foods. Your doctor may also give you medicine that helps prevent stones from forming.
For the mass in your kidney, it is good to see the nephrologist. Did your doctor say what kind it is? Good luck on your next appointment. Take care and keep us posted.
Please get a second opinion. Solid masses are not normal for kidney. While I am not trying to scare you solid masses in the kidneys can be cancerous. I was diagnosed with kidney stones and they were going to break them up, but I decided to get a second opinion and it turned out that I had kidney tumors.
update. Stones still there - went to ER with pain - meds didn't help. Thought I was passing stones but still in kidney. CT taken shows have more stones in both kidneys. Mass is just birth defect. Am going back to urologist on Wednesday- he was gone for the week. Pain has been pretty bad - there most of the time - varies in intensity. Bones are screaming again and stomach is hurting like did when had the hyperparathyroidism. Worse when the stones move around. If any ones says they don't hurt when they are still in the kidney I would love to donate them. Have been going to Rheumatologist for evaulation of constant pain - had bone scan MRI and multiple blood tests. Blood tests have been goofed on and off but nothing consistant. Nothing to show cause. All started with Kidney stones. Went to Physical therapy - helped loosen and strengthen back muscles, flexibility is back but didn't help the bone pain. Am getting really frustrated as is my husband. Last time it took 10 years to figure out the hyperparathryoidism - regular dr thinks it is something probably off the wall just will take time to figure it out. I can handle alot of pain - am real good at pushing it back but am at the breaking point. Regular doctor wants to put me on meds to prevent more stones but if we don't know what kind of stones - why add more meds and am worried to start before any more tests are done on the ones I already have. Also off work until see urologist am pretty much maxing out on Vicodin each day which I don't like taking but at this point can't get by without. Any one have any ideas?????