12 Mar Bladder Stones: What they are and how to prevent them
“ A friend was diagnosed with bladder stones, is that the same as kidney stones? Is there any prevention?” – J.W., Athens, GA
Good question! I’ll try to explain the difference for you. And by the way, yes, bladder stones and kidney stones are different.
They are very similar and the primary difference is simply where the stone forms, first. The kidneys and bladder work together in the process of removing waste from your body. The kidneys remove waste from your system; that waste is mixed with urine and transferred to your bladder, where it stays until the bladder fills and you empty it.
The first opportunity for formation of stones is in the kidneys, before the waste is combined with urine. As the bodily process progresses, stones canal so form in the bladder once the urine is mixed with the waste.
Additionally, if your bladder doesn’t empty completely, crystals can form and harden to create bladder stones. Stones can also form if your urine is too acidic or concentrated.
No matter where they form, stones are painful! If you feel pain in your side, back, or in the lower abdominal area or if you are not able to urinate easily, contact your family doctor immediately.
Also seek treatment if you see blood in your urine.
You also asked about prevention. The best prevention is to drink plenty of water! This keeps your urine diluted and it will be less likely for crystals to form. The recommended amount is about 64 ounces of water each day, but always confirm with your doctor what is best for you!
Thank you for writing and hope this helps!