Kidney stones are mineral deposits that form and harden in the kidney. Once microscopic particles or crystals, over time they develop into stones. Unfortunately once this happens, it is difficult for them to dissolve in the urine, and as they are passed out of the kidney, they become lodged in the tube that carries urine to the bladder.
Typically painful, a stone may block the flow of urine, resulting in increased pressure, stretching and spasm. Dr. Bellman encourages his patients to periodically look at the color of their urine which is a good indicator of the concentration of urine. Upon waking in the morning the urine is usually dark, indicating a concentrated state. A healthy goal is for your urine to be lighter which will indicate more dilution, increasing the odds that you'll wash out those crystals that produce stones.
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