They have hit my husband again - those ugly kidney stones.
The first time was 11 months ago, and he passed it in a day.
This time it took two day to pass.
And they were very painful ones at that.
85% of the time, the stones pass by themselves, and that was the case both of these times.
Avoiding them in the first place seems the obvious plan of action, but since there are no real "causes" of them, that is a hard order to fill.
But it has been found that the lack of fluid intake plays a very important part.
It is recommended to drink between 2-3 quarts of water a day to keep the kidneys working.
The fluid doesn't allow the stones to build up in size and become impassable.
It is said that most of the stones are composed of calcium-oxalate.
The oxalate compounds bond with calcium in the kidneys causing these stones to form when it mixes with the urine.
This usually happens when there is too little calcium in the bloodstream for the oxalates to bond to while they are in the gastrointestinal tract.
It seems such a delicate balance of all the chemicals in the body, and everyone's body each has it's own way of handling them.
So, we will be increasing the fluids - making sure to get what we need to keep everything working correctly for our innards.