The Bristol Press – HEALTHY LIVING: How the summer time warmth places you susceptible to creating kidney stones

The official start of the summer season is a week away and we’ve seen temperatures around 90 degrees and above. That said, it is the best time for a kidney stone to form.

Anyone who has gone through a stone doesn’t want to go through another.

Kidney stones form due to diet and genetics. At this time of year, when mercury starts to rise, people become dehydrated – and that often leads to an increase in kidney stones.

The urine contains minerals and if you drink enough fluids, these minerals will be diluted. But if you don’t drink enough fluids, the minerals can turn into a stone, and once it forms, it starts moving from the kidney to the tube that drains the kidney and then the pain occurs.

Symptoms of a kidney stone include:

Severe or sharp pain in the upper back or side of the abdomen

Pain radiating to the groin

Nausea or vomiting

Blood in the urine

Some of the more worrisome things are when a patient has these symptoms but then develops a fever. A fever suggests that there may be an infection behind the stone that should require very prompt medical attention.

As part of the Tallwood Kidney Stone Center established by Hartford HealthCare, I can admit patients instantly within a day or week, depending on the acute situation, with the help of a nurse navigator. The program brings together the experience of urologists, nephrologists, and interventional radiologists to help someone relieve their pain and get rid of their stone. The treatment is individually adapted depending on the size, position and composition of the stone

A kidney stone will either inherit itself or must be physically removed with the help of therapy or specific procedures. The Kidney Stone Center offers a wide range of treatment options, but patients should know that there is a four to six week window of medical intervention if a stone does not happen by itself.

If the kidney remains blocked for longer, you run the risk of long-term kidney dysfunction. If a patient experiences uncontrolled pain, nausea, or vomiting, it is an indication that medical intervention is needed to remove the stone.

Kidney Stone Center urologists also work with patients to prevent another stone from developing, which is a common occurrence. About 50 percent of patients who make one stone will make another.

Dr. John Griffith is a certified urologist at the Tallwood Urology and Kidney Institute with offices in Southington, Plainville and Hartford. It is also part of the Tallwood Kidney Stone Center, which has locations across Connecticut. For more information, visit https://hartfordhealthcare.org/KidneyStones or call 860.348.2500.

Posted in The Bristol Press, General News on Monday June 14, 2021 at 8:41 PM. Updated: Monday, June 14, 2021 8:43 PM.

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