Find the source and stop the pain of kidney stones. Small, hard masses that grow from crystals forming in the kidneys called kidney stones, typically cause severe back pain that may radiate to the groin area. It can affect any part of the urinary tract- from the kidneys to the bladder. Often, these stones are formed when the uring becomes concentrated, allowing minerals to crystallize and stick together. Symptoms may include pain on urination, pink, red or brown urine, cloudy or foul-smelling urine, nausea and vomiting, persistent need to urinate, urinating more often than usual, and fever and chills may be observed when infection is present. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
Chondroitin sulfate may help reduce the risk of kidney stone formation. One trial found that glycosamionoglycans significantly lowered urinary oxalate levels, which reduces the risk of stone formation.
1,600 mg daily potassium as citrate and 500 mg daily of magnesium as citrate. Supplementing with a combination of potassium citrate and magnesium citrate may reduce the recurrence rate of kidney stones.
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