My son had an attack the other day, we went to the emergency ward and in addition to the appendicites that he had, the doctors also found that he had kidney stones in his right kidney. We spent nine hours before they determined that his appendix would need to be removed. The doctors informed us that kidney stones were not an uncommon disorder. They told us that the stones were sometimes formed from chemicals found in the urine such as uric acid, phosphorus and calcium. They also told us that the diet and a lack of vitamins could cause the creation of kidney stones. He would have to change his eating habits and try to improve his diet.
What causes kidney stones
The stones that they found in my son were gritty, his were calcium in nature. Although surgery could have been an option, today they try inadvasive procedures. The doctors told us that water intake was really important. He recommended that my son should drink up to three quarts of water or juices a day and that would help him. They also suggested that ESWL which was a procedure that used shock waves to smash the kidney stone into tiny pieces could be used to help him pass the stones from his body.
There were also many home remedies that could be used in order to fend off the creation of a stone.
The herb Basil had a strengthening effect on the kidneys, one teaspoon each of basil juice and honey could mixed together and consumed for several days. You should also watch the diet and avoid foods, which could irritate the kidneys. He should avoid some of the foods that could be irritants to his kidneys and should be avoided or taken in moderation were alcoholic beverages(unfortunatly he likes his beer), pickles, vegetables like cucumber, radishes and tomatoes. We also found that three teaspoons of lemon and pure olive oil with water would help to ease the removal of the kidney stones. Anything to help ease the pain that he was enduring.
The Human Kidney
The kidney is covered by a thin fibrous sheath, or capsule. The renal blood vessels and the renal pelvis all enter the kidney at the hilus. The renal pelvis divides into three or four major calyces, each of which is divided into several minor calyces. The calyces and renal vessels are embedded in fat.
When cut longitudinally, the main part of the kidney is seen to consist of an outer cortex containing the glomeruli and an inner medulla made up of pyramids. The narrowed ends of these pyramids, the papillae, project into the minor calyces. The medullary pyramids, consisting mainly of collecting ducts, are separated from each other by the renal columns, which are extensions of the cortex and through which the renal vessels pass.