1. Do I really have to filter all of my urine for this test?
Yes, as long as you have a suspected stone and are instructed to do so by your healthcare provider. Since it is impossible to determine when the stone will pass, it is important to screen all of the urine in order to find and send it for analysis.
2. Can I just test my blood or urine instead of the stone?
Blood and urine can provide important information about your condition, but they will not indicate exactly which chemical compounds constitute the stone. The more information your health practitioner has, the better the chance that he or she can help you prevent stone recurrence.
It depends upon the stone and will vary from person to person, but it is often severe and must sometimes be treated with strong prescription pain medications. For most people, the pain is most intense when the stone is moving through the urinary tract.
4. If I have had a kidney stone, should I avoid calcium?
You should work with your healthcare provider to determine the best treatment for you. If you had a stone with calcium in it, your health practitioner may have you decrease your intake a modest amount, but the clinical picture is often less black and white than taking more or less. Some people absorb extra calcium from their food, but some excess calcium in the urine is related to an excess of sodium, so people who have had calcium-containing stones are often told to decrease salt intake rather than reducing calcium intake. Sometimes drastic reductions in calcium can worsen stone formation as well as affect bone health.
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