What Causes Kidney Stones?
To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of kidney stones we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.
We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow kidney stones to develop?"
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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind kidney stones consists of three steps:
Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors
Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to kidney stones. Here are five possibilities:
- Excess Protein Consumption
- Potassium Need
- Ulcerative Colitis
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
elevated basophil count
severe vision disturbances
moderate meal-induced pain
reduced sense of smell
long-term low-carb dieting
very frequent stools
... and more than 40 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of kidney stones:
|Excess Protein Consumption
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Urinary Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about kidney stones:
Have you suffered from kidney stones?
→ Never had one / don't know
→ Probably had one/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of kidney stones or kidney stones, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Increased calcium and phosphorous excretion in the urine may cause kidney stones.
When potassium levels fall too low, urine citrate also drops, decreasing your protection against stones.
When the immune system triggers inflammation in other parts of the body because of ulcerative colitis, kidney stones may result. This influence is usually mild and stones may not be a problem once the colitis is treated.
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