Home treatment is often the only thing
you need to do when passing a
kidney stone. Home treatment includes drinking enough
fluids, taking pain medicine, and possibly straining and collecting your urine
to help determine the type of stone you have.
You need to drink enough water to
keep your urine clear, about 8 to 10 glasses of water a day when you are
passing a kidney stone. If you have kidney, heart, or liver disease and are on
fluid restrictions, talk with your doctor before drinking more fluids.
Use pain medicine
Medicine you can buy without a
prescription, such as
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), may relieve
your pain. NSAIDs include aspirin and ibuprofen (such as Motrin and Advil).
Your doctor can prescribe stronger pain medicine if needed.
Collect kidney stones and urine
Your doctor may
ask you to collect your kidney stone when it passes so that he or she can
examine it to see what caused it to form.
- Your doctor will give you a strainer. Urinate
through the strainer and save any stones, including those that look like sand
or gravel. Continue to do this for 3 days after your pain
- You can also urinate into a cup or container and empty the
container through a strainer to collect the kidney stone. Strainers may be
available at your local drugstore. You can also use coffee filters to strain
- Allow the stones to dry, and store them in a plastic or
glass container until you can take them to your doctor.
Your doctor may also ask you to
collect your urine for 24 hours after you pass a
stone, so he or she can check your urine to help determine the
type and cause of the stone. Knowing the type of the
stone may help you prevent getting stones in the future.
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