Two thirds of all stones involve calcium oxalate stones.
Nutritional treatment could be as effective in considerably reducing, or even eliminating, calcium oxalate stone formation. Vitamin A (not betacarotene) promotes healthy functioning of the urinary tract. People who are low in it sometimes form kidney stones more easily than others. You can get vitamin A in most good general multiple vitamin and mineral supplements.
Magnesium helps the body dissolve calcium if you’re deficient in this it can cause calcium to accumulate into deposits, which increases your risk of
forming kidney stones.
Harvard researchers found that taking magnesium along with vitamin B6 can reduce calcium oxalate stone formation.
Vegetarians actually tend to form significantly fewer calcium oxalate
kidney stones than meat eaters. Vegetarian diets include more bulk
and fiber, which lowers calcium output. And, vegetable protein contains fewer sulfur-rich amino acids than animal protein, and those amino acids promote calcium excretions. It will help you to increase fiber sources in your diet, like root vegetables, and to cut back on how much meat you eat.
Sugar and salt can also increase the excretion of both calcium and
oxalate in the urine, you should definitely limit, if not completely eliminate, sugar and refined carbohydrates from your diet, and cut back on salt.
The other type of stones are uric acid kidney stones.
Cutting back your intake of animal protein while increasing bulk and fiber in your diet can help prevent them from forming.
Add to the problem refined sugar can pose for you, fructose can also increase uric acid excretion in the urine.
Eating whole fruit doesn’t cause this problem, but drinking fruit juice
or drinks sweetened with high fructose corn syrup does.
limiting your intake of meat, sugar, salt, and fruit juice, increasing
dietary fiber, and supplementing with 10,000 units of vitamin A,
300 milligrams of magnesium citrate, and 100 milligrams of
vitamin B6 each day. Even though studies have “dispelled the
myth” that higher amounts of vitamin C promote calcium oxalate
kidney stone formation, If you take three or more grams of vitamin C each day, have your doctor measure your urniary oxalate.
Before doing anything check with your doctor first!!
The Vesicoureteric junction is the most narrow part of the normal urinary tract.
Your stone is very large for the size of the tube that it is in.
A urinary surgeon may offer shattering the stone, but if it is stuck in the ureter, then it is highly probable that this procedure won't work. And unfortunately, it will have to be removed by surgery. I was in a similar position 20 years ago when my stone was stuck solidly in the ureter. In the end my condition became an emergency, the surgeon had hoped to shatter the stone, but after having had the special xrays done, he said that this would not work and I had to under urgent surgery to remove it. I had been very ill for many months before when parts of the stone was breaking away and moving.
I have had people say that drinking freshly squeezed lemon juice with water will help to dissolve kidney stones. I do drink lots of water and water with fresh lemon juice (freshly squeezed) and do notice that when I get kidney pain and start to drink the lemon water, I do notice more sediment in the urine. A kidney stone can be as small as a grain of sand.
20 years ago when my stone was surgically removed, I was told to avoid all dairy, but since then the information has changed. You do need to cut down or avoid some foods. Those that I know of that can contribute to the formation of calcium stones are strawberries, beetroot, peanut butter. I can't remember other foods, but I am sure there were some more.
I do find that if I eat too much peanut butter, I start to feel uncomfortable in my kidney area.
Once you have had kidney stones (apart from the Cystine ones which are hereditary) you will be prone to getting them again.
It is important to drink plenty of fluids and especially water. 2 litres of water a day is usually recommended, but your urologist may have advised you to drink a different amount, may be much more up to 3 litres. Follow his advice.
If you do get symptoms of excruciating pain, vomiting, diarrhea accompanied with blood and other discharge, then contact your doctor urgently or go to the hospital.
There is no way of knowing whether the stone will get any smaller to be able to come out of your body on its own without surgical intervention.
What medication has the urologist prescribed? Is this something to try and dissolve the stone, or for pain relief?
I have come across 2 products, Renavive and StoneCLR that claim to dissolve all kidney stones, but I have never used these so don't know if they work or not. You can find information with regard to those products on the web.
I presume you have another appointment booked to see your urologist, when he will no doubt do dye xrays to see what is happening with the stone.
There are 4 different types of kidney stones. gymdandee has mentioned just the 2 more common ones. The other 2 are struvite caused by infections and cystine stones that are hereditary.
At the moment you won't know what your stone is composed off. If you have a uric stone, you would need to cut down on eating meat. Once the stone is removed, it can get analysed by the laboratory to see what type of stone it is.
When you go to urinate, catch the urine in a clean glass jar and look at it. If any bits of stone come away, you will be able to keep that to get analysed.
In most cases of stones, you do need to drink plenty of water and avoid getting dehydrated.