I underwent Shockwave treatment for my kidney stones way back 2012 (read my shockwave experience here). Last December 2013, I felt the same pain on my lower abdomen and this time, it’s on the left. January 2014, I tried treating it using cogon water (it’s the juice you got from boiling cogon grass). I think I only got to drink half liter of the juice. By March, I can feel the stones went down on my ureter. It was the most uncomfortable situation I had to endure. I need to be over hydrated because if I’m dry, I can feel the stones scratching my ureter wall. But over hydration means frequent urination. I had to wear a diaper during our La Union trip (spell hassle!).
When the kids was hospitalized (May last year), I finally had the courage to consult a urologist. Nasa ospital na ako eh, ano pa bang ipag aarte ko? I was asked to undergo some tests (by some, I mean 5 tests), ironically or luckily, as soon as I am done with the check up my stones passed. It was painful but relieving. I saw crushed stones on the toilet bowl, about 5 pieces, all black. I took it and well, uh, it was hard as stones.
All along, I thought my kidney is back to normal. I never bothered consulting again to check if my kidney is cleared with stones.. I should have!
Last March, I suffered from UTI and a week after that, my left kidney is in pain.. it’s different this time. During my first 2 stones encounter, it was my lower abdomen but this time it was the kidney. The kind of pain is bothering, it feels like there’s some weight on my left kidney (if your’re experiencing the same, have your kidneys checked). I am ready for another round of waves this time, after Recognition, I said I’ll schedule a check up.
During that time, Erica mentioned I should drink Cranberry for my kidney.. coincidentally, I got an invite for Old Orchard Cranberry Juice Bloggers Lunch.. talk about right timing. Sabi ko sa inyo, my OCD is obsessed with alignment and right timing.
So I bought an Old Orchard Cranberry juice and also tried the lemon water remedy (for weight loss! haha). Here’s what I did:
- Drink hot lemon water in the morning (before anything else). I usually squeeze half lemon to a cup of hot water.
- The other half, squeeze in 2 Liters of water which will be your water for the whole day.
- Drink 1 glass cranberry juice (usually I drink this during lunch)
And four days after, my kidney stones passed! OMG!!!! It was very shocking!
That’s me (obviously) sharing my shocking cranberry experience during the lunch.
Fly Ace Corporation, exclusive distributor of Old Orchard, pioneers the Love Your Kidney Campaign. It aims to build awareness to the importance and benefits of drinking cranberry juice. May I stress, once again, how cranberry juice helped in the passing of my kidney stones. If you’re still not convinced, here’s 10 Things You Need To Know About Cranberries:
Here’s the photo of my stones:
It is softer than the stones I had last year (though it’s bigger), it’s not even painful. For those asking, during my first passing, I took the stones straight from the bowl (eh ang linis naman ng bowl sa Medical City no.. promise hindi nakakadiri at saka nag safeguard naman ako after), for this one, I knew right away that it’s time. I peed on a container and not on the bowl.
For those of you wondering if they have kidney stones, better consult a urologist now. It pays to know the health status of your kidney. Also start on drinking cranberry juice as it can do wonders to your kidney. And don’t forget to drink at least 8 glasses of water!
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