All this talk and activity around kidney stones over the past few days has been really odd.
After passing those two yesterday, the doctor just called to give me the results of the analysis performed on the stone I passed in January.
It is a calcium stone. I had stones tested about 15 years ago and the answer was that they didn't know what was in them nor did they have a solution.
NOW THERE IS HOPE! I'M PRACTICALLY CRYING TEARS OF JOY THAT THERE IS HOPE!!!
The stone is comprised of calcium oxalate and altering my diet can have a very positive effect on the recurrence of stones.
WHAT'S THE NEW DIET?
-- Go light on protein including meat and milk. Ironically, milk for the protein and not the calcium (more on that below).
-- Go light on sodium; don't salt my food.
-- Go light on citrus.
-- Avoid coffee, tea, alcohol, and soda.
-- Avoid spinach, rhubarb, and chocolate.
-- Drink lots of water...that's a given for any kidney stones.
HUGE LIGHT BULB MOMENT
Way back in the day, I could not gain weight. Seriously. I was a rail at 128 lbs and just couldn't get beyond it. The women in my office were so jealous.
When I started to go out to the bars and try to date, not having any muscle was a big problem. The gay scene is so looks-ist and I wasn't cutting the mustard.
I bought a home work out machine and set to remedying the situation. And what did I do? I drank protein shakes like a fiend. Morning, noon, and night. I took supplemental amino acid capsules to give my muscles the fuel they needed to grow.
Not coincidentally, I now realize, it was around that time that I had my two hospital stays with kidney stones. That included two $20K lithotripsy operations. While I did gain weight, getting up to 155 lbs with 25 lbs of that being pure muscle, I looked hot but I guess I paid a hidden price. I went from skinny Minnie to taking my shirt off at all possible opportunities. Now I'm 185 lbs, out of shape, and long for those days.
The recommended diet is very doable. I'll cut out my cup of coffee in the morning. The hard part for me will be the elimination of soda although I've done very well with that lately. If you'll recall, I've suspected the phosphorus in diet soda as the culprit. I switched to regular soda and my waistline has grown with the decision. Soda will have to be a treat now, not my #1 source of fluid!
You may be wondering why there's no restriction on calcium?
There was a study done in Italy among men with frequent kidney stones. It is summarized in this article in The Journal of Family Practice. It compared a low-calcium diet vs a low-calcium/low-oxalate diet. Turns out that the oxalate is the problem. Calcium combines with oxalate and renders it inert. If there is too much oxalate, or too much oxalate and not enough calcium to combine with it, the oxalate goes to the kidneys where the problem occurs.
My diet doesn't contain much calcium so I won't have to make any modifications.
That, my friends, could be the most significant health break through I've ever had in my entire life.
Keep your fingers crossed that it works!
In the interest of clarity, these links are in temporal order.
First Signs Of A Stone May 7, 2007I wish you well.
What I Know About Kidney Stones May 8, 2007
A Discussion Of Lithotripsy May 9, 2007
Peeing Blood, No Pain May 11, 2007
Pain Returns May 18, 2007
Pain Again In The Back May 26, 2007
Bloody Urine Is Back July 12, 2007
Passed Kidney Stone #1 July 26, 2007
Passed Kidney Stone #2 July 30, 2007
I'm The Morton's Salt Girl March 26, 2008
Stone On The Move March 28, 2008
Well At Least I'm Not Having A Baby April 4, 2008
Passing Kidney Stones Spring, 2008
I May Finally Have A Solution To My Kidney Stones! March 15, 2010
If I'm Pissy, Blame My Kidney Stones October 11, 2010