Summer Heat Prompts More Kidney Stones


POSTED: Monday, July 23, 2012 - 7:36am

UPDATED: Monday, July 23, 2012 - 8:33am

MCALLEN - Gene Krehl is in Dr. Alexander Feigl office today because of a kidney stone. Krehl said he is no stranger to pain or the doctor's office, but said his kidney stone pain was unforgettable.

"It felt like, the best way of describing it, is it felt like that somebody jabbed a knife into my side there and started twisting," said Krehl.

And with a look at his CT Scan, Krehl got to see the pain causing stone. But as it turns out, what felt like a boulder turned out to be a pebble.

"Well I could see, it looked pretty small, it is amazing that something that small could create such a dramatic result, such pain," said Krehl.

"When a stone causes pain, it's when it causes an obstruction," said Dr. Feigl. In other words, when the stone gets stuck or can't pass through the body.

Dr. Feigl said he's not surprised to see Krehl and so many others in his office, because stones occur more often when the weather gets hot.

"The whole southern part of the United States is recognized as the stone belt, probably because of the heat and dryness," said Dr. Feigl.

So one way to avoid kidney stones is staying hydrates. Drinking at least two liters of water a day is the recommended amount of fluid. But also keeping an eye on your urine color helps too. Anything really dark is a clear sign you may not be getting enough water.

Krehl believes dehydration may have been what brought on his kidney stone. So from now on he plans to keep drinking water.

"I don't want to go through it again, that pain will drive you into an emergency room," said Krehl.  

For more information about kidney stones, consult with your primary care physician. 

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