Have you been asked to modify your diet? What type of stones are these ( calcium, uric, cystine?)
Any kidney stone formers in the family?
At this point, urinary tract stones are usually managed definitely by surgery or less invasive techniques lke stent placement.This all depends on your over all profile
( age,other medical conditions, lifestyle, medical compliance) and also the stone's character ( type of stone, size,location).
As you have been a stone former since you were 19 were you given a definite diagnosis for your condition? Was a 24 hour urine collection done for urine calcium levels? Any blood tests? Your parathyroid hormones were checked?
Take in lots of fluid and limit dietary intake of animal protein and dairy products.Kidney stones may have a strong genetic association. Discuss this with your physician.Associated hormonal problems have to be ruled out.
Yes I have been a stone former since i was 19. I had a 24 hour collection done and they said its not cause of calcium. But also my grandfather, my father and my mother had them as well. I was given a list of stuff to avoid but the thing is i am very fussy at what i eat and drink so must of it was no worry. It just seems i feel like an guinea pig now with the doctors here. they just give me a shot and send me on my way without listening that the meds that are giving me isn't helping. I seen an urologist and still am but they just don't seem to wanna do anything to help me with the pain.
Were they able to discuss with you what type of stones do you have? Calcium stones are the more common ones. There are other types as well ( cystine, struvite , uric)
Kidney stones may hold a genetic predisposition. In your case, the presence of kidney formers in the family may explain the onset of kidney stones at an earlier age.
It is best to open lines of communication with your physicians. At this point, you may discuss on whether a referral to a pain management specialist may help.Continue following physician's advice regarding diet, fluid intake and exercise.