Bladder stones usually occur some place within your digestive system. Sometimes they are present in your bladder after urine passes there from your kidney, and sometimes these stones pass on through the urethra before they leave your body.
A Quick Overview
Bladder stones are microscopic deposits of minerals (especially calcium) and proteins that your body usually process on a daily basis. However, sometimes these rather uncomfortable or painful stones build up in your system when you hold your urine in your bladder for too long.
Various health complications can also cause bladder stones. One of these that does is a certain prostate enlargement condition commonly referred to as BPH. A nerve-damaged (neurogenic) bladder is another cause of mineral deposits that appear somewhere along the urinary system.
Bladder stones may also appear if the bladder becomes inflamed somehow, which often takes place as a result of bacterial invasion. Radiation therapy administered within the pelvic area can also cause inflammation that leads to the build-up of materials that passes through and out of the body while causing pain or discomfort.
If you want to get rid of bladder stones you can try one of these methods, as directed by your doctor first:
- Take whatever direction given by your doctor when you see him/her for a checkup. You may be told to drink more liquids or you may be given some kind of treatment to help you pass your stones easier.
- You also may be diagnosed in the event a new health complication has emerged since you started enduring bladder stones. In any case, you are advised to take whatever advice your doctor has given you regarding treatment and/or medications if any are found.
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. One of the most important pieces of advice your doctor is likely to give you is to drink plenty of fluids. Sometimes lemon juice added to a glass of water, is recommended but also you should drink an average-sized glass of water at least once every couple of hours.
- Otherwise, drink the water and/or other lemon juice as frequently as recommended by your doctor. Drinking water frequently will help dissolve the deposits in your urinary system and it will help flush out any existing bladder stones.
- An alternative home treatment to use would be to drink cranberry juice. Besides lemon juice, cranberry juice is another substance that can helps eliminate stones by lining the bladder walls. This natural juice also helps prevent urinary tract infection that could cause burning or stinging during urination.
- Partake in bladder control exercises. This will help strengthen your bladder release muscles so that incomplete urination can be corrected. When this problem is resolved, it makes removing rather uncomfortable or painful minerals deposits from the body much easier. PC muscle or Kegel exercises, which usually mimics the act of stopping urine midstream.
For more bladder or kidney stone problems you may need one of these more involved medical treatments:
- Cystolitholapaxy-This is a procedure which involves the insertion of a small tube through a urethra for purpose of taking pictures via a small attached camera. Then, an ultrasonic laser is used to help dissolve the stones.
- Lithotripsy-This is a special ultrasonic procedure that dissolves stones. It is very similar to the the cystolitholapaxy but without the camera. The main purpose of this procedure is to make it easier to pass stones.
- Open surgery-This usually is a last resort since it is a more invasive procedure. It involves using a traditional knife surgery to remove stones that cannot be laser removed.
The best way to prevent bladder stones from forming is to eat and drink healthy substances. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains along with lean meats is recommended. Reduce intake of high-fat, high-sugar, and high-carb substances as much as possible without depriving yourself nutritionally.