What is a kidney stone?

Kidney stones are hard, crystalized deposits of minerals and acidic salts that lump together in concentrated urine. They are generally a source of intense pain as they pass through the urinary tract but rarely will leave permanent damage to your system.


The most common symptom associated with kidney stones is severe pain in your lower abdomen or on the side. This pain is frequently paired with nausea.


Treatment for kidney stones includes pain relievers, drinking lots of water to help flush your system and drain the stone. In some scenarios, you may need to undergo a medical procedure to either remove the stone, or break it up to pass it.


What are the top causes of kidney stones?


Dehydration: High sodium diets, without enough water are a common issue for those who have frequent kidney stones. Ditch all of the sodas and beer, and trade them in for a gallon of water a day. Your kidneys will thank you!


Wrong combinations: If you are going to eat foods that contain high levels of oxalate, such as peanuts, spinach, and chocolate, pair them with calcium rich foods. This will help them to bind together in your digestive tract instead of in your kidneys.


Not sticking to medication: Unfortunately, if you have had one kidney stone, your chances for having another go up. This is why it is very important to follow directions given to you by your doctor. Stay hydrated and if you are given medications, stay on them to help prevent going through this painful experience again!


Wellspire Medical Group

At Wellspire Medical Group we have an excellent Urology department that is here to help you through this painful and frustrating experience. If you are experiencing kidney stone related symptoms or are concerned you are not doing enough to prevent them in the future schedule an appointment with us! We will gladly answer any questions and explore your options for treatment and prevention with you! Wellspire Medical Group proudly serves Atascocita, Humble and surrounding areas. We have been part of Northeast Houston as Mehta Medical Group for 30 years. Our name change reflects our broader scope of services. In other words, we are working hard to “Inspire Better Health!”


Wellspire Medical Group 

8901 Farm to Market 1960 Bypass Road W #101  

Humble, TX 77338  

(281) 446-7173