Sunday, November 01, 2009


Three Sundays ago I found myself flat on my back in a hospital with the most extraordinary pain I have ever felt. I broke my leg in 10 places in 1981, a downhill skiing accident and that pain didn't come close to this. I have a kidney stone! I can tell you... this is something you don't ever want to get.

Kidney stones (renal lithiasis) are small, hard deposits of mineral and acid salts on the inner surfaces of your kidneys. Normally, the substances that make up kidney stones are diluted in the urine. When urine is concentrated, though, minerals may crystallize, stick together and solidify. The result is a kidney stone. Most kidney stones contain calcium.
Passing kidney stones can be excruciating. The pain they cause typically starts in your side or back, just below your ribs, and radiates to your lower abdomen and groin.
I asked if this was caused by eating junk food... In fact just the opposite the Dr. remarked. Here are some of the food linked to stone formation:
High-oxalate foods—higher to lower - rhubarb, spinach, beets, swiss chard, wheat germ, soybean crackers, peanuts, okra, chocolate, black Indian tea and sweet potatoes.
Foods that have medium amounts of oxalate may be eaten in limited amounts. Medium-oxalate foods—higher to lower - grits, grapes, celery. green pepper, red raspberries, fruit cake, strawberries, marmalade and liver.

I'm set to receive Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) at the beginning of December. If everything works out the stone will be crushed into easily passed particles... Stay tuned!

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1 comment:

wsharpe said...

Sorry to hear that. What do you do until december?