What Are Kidney Stones?
Kidney Stones are crystal aggregations of dissolved minerals in urine that usually form inside the kidneys or the bladder, and can cause a lot of pain when passing them. Symptoms of kidney stones are unfortunately quite painful, though they may not cause any symptoms at all until they start causing pain: pain below the ribs or back, pain in the lower abdomen and groin, pain while urinating, cloudy or strong smelling urine that's colored red or brown, frequent urges to urinate, and nausea.
Fortunately, we have received an overwhelming response from our readers on our kidney stone remedies' page for the combination of lemon juice and olive oil, making it our most popular cure for kidney stones at almost 300 yeas.
Instructions for This Kidney Stone Treatment Home Remedy:
Mix together two ounces of freshly squeezed lemon juice with two ounces of olive oil and drink it all. Follow with plenty of water. Repeat this natural remedy treatment two to three times a day until the stones are passed (can occur anywhere from 1-3 days).
Also check out our original page on Natural Remedies for Kidney Stones!
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Lemon Juice and Olive Oil
10/16/2013: Carolina from Ocala, Florida: "I was reading all the great results people have with the olive oil and lemon juice mix when having kidney stones. I do have a 5mm stone coming down my ureter, I was told my ureter is narrow due to some scar tissue I developed after a previous surgery. (no kidney or ureter related).. My question is: have anybody in this group try to pass the stone with OOLJ having a narrow ureter? Any suggestions? Thanks!"Replies
10/18/2013: Janie Y from Illinois replies: "The thing that really works for me is apple cider vinegar! I have suffered several times with kidney stones. ACV had come to the rescue! I had a bout with it a while back and with-in twenty minutes the pain (severe lower back pain) had subsided.... I still had the pain but it wasn't as severe - I might add that when I had the attack, I couldn't even straighten up... I hurt soooo bad! I felt it all in the lower back area! I took a couple more doses (two Tbles. ) about every three hours throughout the day until the pain was completely gone. The way I understand it is that the ACV goes in and softens or breaks down and dissoves the stone... Causing it to crumble. I have seen remnents of it in the stool later on after taking the ACV. It looks kinda like sand that's washed up on a beach! I take apple cidar vinegar every day now. I still suffer from kidney stones once in a great while (I drink tea a lot and this causes kidney stones, , , BUT - I am hooked on tea, I can't help it)!! I will just take a bigger dose of the ACV and it works! I talked to my doctor and she told me what to watch out for if indeed I am passing the kidney stones... She told me that my urine will seem frothy (bubbly), and there will be tiny grits of what looks like sand that will float to the bottom of the stool. That's exactly what I see when I have had a kidney stone attack and they pass! Hope this helps! Have a great day."
[YEA] 10/09/2013: Donna5783 from Dothan, Al: "I stumbled across this site after returning home from the emergency room the other day diagnosed with a 3.6 mm kidney stone. I was not even searching for home remedies, I was searching for an image of what the stone might look like. Thank God for Earth Clinic! I tried the lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil remedy at 5pm the day after returning home from the ER. The stone passed WITHOUT ANY PAIN at 1pm the following day. Am going to search this site for some other ailments that have been troubling me. Thank you Earth Clinic!"
10/01/2013: Jannyjo from Seattle, Wa: "I had my first kidney stone last year, two days before Thanksgiving, with a household full of company. They hauled me out the door to the ER the day after Thanksgiving. I had a CT scan and they found one 5-6mm stone on my right side and said there might be one on the left side. Although they sent me home with pain meds, I began vomiting non-stop and went back and spent another 8 hours in the hospital before they again, sent me home to wait for the Blasting machine that would be available on Monday.
I have had four children through natural childbirth, and have NEVER felt such pain as I did with this stone.
Now here I am almost one year later and it's begun again. Two days ago I thought I had food poisoning. Then by last night I realized what was wrong and spent a night unable to sleep, wandering the house, waiting for morning.
A friend told me to take 3 Naproxin and research some home remedies since I did not want to repeat what happened last year. Then I came upon this site. I've had my first Lemon Juice/Olive Oil drink and will repeat that mid-day and tonght. Hopefully I'll have a great report like many others have posted here.
I'll be back!"Replies
[YEA] 10/03/2013: Jannyjo from Seattle, Wa replies: "IT WORKED!!!
I drank 2 oz lemon juice mixed with 2 oz olive oil. Then went to the Urgent Care for them to do a urinalysis in case it was a UTI (which my doctor's office recommended) because it was the end of the day .
The Urgent care doctor's assistant argued with me and told me I did NOT belong there, but I should be at the ER. I nicely told her I was trying the lemon juice with oil treatment to see if it would pass on it's now. Again she told me I should NOT be seeing the doctor there. She was not very nice about it. But finally came back with the doctor.
The doctor then told me she would not prescribe pain meds when I SHOULD be in the ER so they could do a CT scan to see how big the stone was. I told her about reading about the lemon juice and and oil and they both looked at me like I was going to wave a magic wand over myself. I told her nicely, that I was doing what my doctor's office recommended, and that they felt I could try it my way for a few hours, if I could tolorate the pain.
They both did everything but roll their eyes and told me they worried about me being septic, and how fast that can move. I assured them I would be back if I ran a temp. Or was in great pain. And they said, "So you'll end up in the ER anyway, so why not go now?"
Grrr. I did the urine and it came back with blood and they said, you do have a kidney stone. And they said since my episode started out with diarrhea, that was very abnormal (yet I've read that it happens that way with a lot of people! ).
ANYWAY, I drank the second glass, took more Naproxin, and went to sleep. Wokr up in the very next morning, passed the stone... Felt it. It was a one second, Yikes, moment. When I pulled it from the jar, it broke into 7 pieces in my hand. It was bigger than the 6mm stone I had last year!
I am SO happy! I will use the lemon juice any time I do this again. This is my second round with a kidney stone. The incident last year, involved an eventual UTI, two ER visits, a reaction to pain meds, a 12 hour hospital stay, and a 5 day wait for a blasting machine.
Happy, in Seattle!"
[YEA] 09/09/2013: Kim from Id: "I've been having kidney stone pain for just over a week. I'd have good and bad days. Last night and today were pretty terrible, not gonna lie. Well, I tried a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and that did help with the pain, but I was still miserable from the pressure so I tried the 2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice mixed with 2 oz organic extra virgin olive oil. I ate it with a spoon. It tastes like lemon juice - totally not gross or anything! I KID YOU NOT, within one hour I passed a stone that was 1/2" long and 1/4" wide! Without pain. Not making this up. Still a little shocked! There may be more, so I'm going to keep using this amazing remedy for a day or two. I love earth clinic!!!"
[YEA] 06/03/2013: Chronicstones from Tulsa, Oklahoma: "Lemon Juice and Olive Oil for Kidney Stones: I can say this really worked! Had an ER visit and CT scan and they informed me my left kidney stone (3mm), passed but still show another possible 3mm stone in right kidney. This would total 4 for me in a 3 year timeframe. Was at home 3 weeks later and felt the wonderful pain again. Took (1) Ketoprofen 75 mg 1 hydrocodone/acetaminophen5-325 TB thinking the pain could be bearable for what was coming... Three hours later, pain still pulsating and no results I read this topic online. Mixed 2 ounces of pure lemon squeezed juice by hand and 2 ounces of olive oil (not even virgin etc. ). In 15 minutes the stone came out of my body. I'm a beliver if this and was trully amazed. Thank you!"Replies
08/07/2013: Shaun from Uk replies: "Hi there diagnosed witha 5mm stone in right side 2 weeks ago. Went to a/e 4 times in this period and sent home each time after having morphine. It's a nightmare, am off work and just waiting around for next attack to come. I will try the lemon and oil approach from today and let you know if it really works..."
02/08/2013: Sue from Fairfax, Va Usa: "To all the very helpful EC readers,
I went through an agonizing night of what was confirmed as kidney stone pain. Apparently I passed a small one on my own, but CT scan showed 3 more small (1 or 2 mm) ones in kidney. I'd like to try to dissolve them with the lemon juice/olive oil procedure. Should it be taken on an empty stomach? Or does it matter?
Alternatively, I've read here that chanca piedra is good for dissolving stones. However, I have pretty severe osteoporosis. Would this affect my bones?
Heartfelt thanks, Sue"Replies
02/12/2013: Kelly from Jacksonville, Florida replies: "Hi Sue-I have been doing quite a bit of research on Chanca Piedra, I can't find any side effects other than it may affect blood pressure medicine, according to clinical trials.. All clinical trials and user reviews show no other side effects. It seems like a very healthy supplement.. It is just a natural herb that benefits all types of stones, including gallbladder and kidney stones. I am waiting on an order of veggie caps for myself. I suffer from Chronic Kidney Stones (100 +) in the last 2 years. I hope this helps and Good Luck to you...
Please try it-if u are not on heart meds. Right now u are fortuanate enough to have small stones. The danger of passing stones is that if they become stuck u can perforate your urinary tract (ureter, or develope a UTI or worse.. sepsis-which is a blood infection that can easily and often does develope when the urine flow is blocked and begins to back up ur urinary tract. Sepsis can lead to death within hours and must be treated immediately and aggressively w/antibiotics. Remember that if you get a fever, chills, sweats etc-do not hesitate to go the E.R.!! Upon arrival-make them aware that you have a documented case of multiple kidney stones and are experiencing signs of an infection and possible obstruction. This is considered to be a medical emergency at that point and should be handled as such."
02/12/2013: Sue from Fairfax, Va Usa replies: "Kelly, thank you so much for your very informative and thorough reply. I am not on heart or bp meds so am certainly interested in trying this herb. I know I'm lucky to have just a few small stones at this point and want to do whatever I can to prevent the horrible complications that are possible. Thanks again and stay well!"
02/26/2013: Rick from Sterling Heights, Michigan, Usa replies: "Yes, 5MM, 2 days, thanks."
09/15/2012: Davet from Kokomo, Indiana: "After having fought the battle of having a kidney stone for the last 5 days, with no real end in site, I decided to try your lemon juice and olive oil remedy. I have had several in the past, and have stents along with sonic treatment in the past to break them up to pass them. I don't recall how big any of them were, but frankly they all felt like a VW bug being passed through. I hope this works! I will check in later to let you know. Thanks for the site."Replies
09/16/2012: Davet from Kokomo, Indiana replies: "Well folks good news to report. Since posting last evening about taking the Rx of Olive Oil. Lemon Juice, I said I would check in. After taking the substance, I frankly felt nothing and ended up having my one my worst nights. On top of the main issue, I began having anexity over running out of my regular meds, since this was now working on day#6 and really had streached my meds to the fifth day, but in no way did I have medication for day #6 and beyond. The only rational thing was to contact the ER, talk to the doc and hopefully either check me in to the hospital or in at least give more meds.
Then low and behold at 10pm, just after watching the new Breaking Amish show, I got up to pee. Everything was cool but then my stream stopped. I was really like a friggin hack saw inside the shaft of my doodad, then suddenly out shot a rock about half the size of a marble. The pain was pretty bad, but only for about 20 seconds. There was a little blood, not much. I am praying that this was the monster of the deep vein. (Still thought I peed out my grandsons Volkswagon Bug! ) So all in all the lemon and olive oil trick certainly didnt hurt anything at all by trying. I will do it again."
[YEA] 09/17/2012: Davet from Kokomo, Indiana replies: "I wanted to share that I did pass the kidney stone after drinking the lemon juice and olive oil. It took about 24 hours and obviously could have passed it anyway. I will say that I fished the stone out and took it to my Dr. who said it was the largest stone he had seen that was passed "naturally". I hope I never will have another, but having them about every 12-15 months for the last 5-6 years, who knows. I will use the juice and oil again if there is a next time."
04/09/2012: Kristen C. from Reading, Pa: "I have had calcium oxalate stones in both kidneys for at least 15 years. I've passed at least 5. The least painful experience was last year, after I tried the olive oil/lemon juice remedy. I sat in a warm bath and sipped it slowly and followed it with tall glasses of lemon water. I passed the stone the next morning.
My question to all of you who have experienced passing multiple stones, many without pain: I have numerous stones in both kidneys. I am hesitant to use this remedy to try to remove all of them at once. My experience was dealing with a stone that was already moving. As you know, the stones I have in the kidneys don't bother me until one of them pops out. The thought of pushing them all out at once, is kind of horrifying.
Have many of you successfully done this? Was it painful? Did it take long, weeks, months? Did you have to take a vacation and plan on feeling terrible with percaset at the ready? I am seriously contemplating trying to cleanse my kidneys completely, but I don't want to incapacitate myself indefinitely.
Thank you for sharing your experience."
[NAY] 01/18/2012: Phil from Pinehurst, North Carolina: "Tried this but it did not work. Stone and pain are still there. Pain has increased."Replies
05/30/2013: Pari from Perth, Wa replies: "I started having a little pain from last night, this morning I got olive oil and lemons. Just had a mixture, finger crossed. Will let you know soon."
06/13/2013: Srini from Hyderabad, India replies: "Hi, Any update, did it work?"
[YEA] 01/10/2012: Bec from Perth, Australia: "Thank you very kindly everyone for this great posting. I went to the Doctor during the New Year and it was reported nothing could be traced on my urine. However, I was experiencing extremely burning sensation during urinating time. The Doctor offered me to go for scanning instead just to make sure everything was alright with me. At the same time, the Doctor prescribed me some antibiotics which according to the Chemist it was just a general antibiotic type. After taking this antibiotic for 5 days, I was still feeling really unwell and I am sure if you had the same experience before you would understand how exactly I felt.
This afternoon, the pain was just unbearable and I was searching all over the Internet until I came across your home remedy. I rushed to the shops and got myself a bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and 2 fresh lemons. It worked perfectly and the pain seems to disappear into thin air although with the side effect like feeling nausea.
To everyone here, a very BIG thank you from me to all you for posting your kind suggesstions and comments. Thanking you very kindly. Kind regards, Bec."Replies
[YEA] 01/24/2012: Mark from Columbus, Georgia replies: "Tried the lemon juice and olive oil concoction times 2 doses over a six hour period, once in afternoon and once before bed. It worked!
Woke up feeling 100% better and NO PAIN.
I am very grateful to everyone for this remedy. I suffered through the pain for 4 days and it was getting worse by the day and I was getting desperate. I also couldn't afford to go to a doctor."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 06/10/2011: Johnboy from Floyd, Va: "Thank you so much for the info I am 25 years old and had my first round with kidney stones. When the back pains first started I called my mother for advice she told me there was little that could be done save going to the doctor and since I am unemployed I did not want to go unless I was in so much pain I could not stand it. Then after dealing with the pain for a over a week (during which time I got married) I got online and searched for some home remedies. I found this site and tried the Olive Oil and Lemon juice coctail after doing 2 a day for the last three days. I have passed a few and the pain is getting better. Thank you guys so much for the help."Replies
[YEA] 12/12/2011: Ven from Timmins, Ontario replies: "YEA!!! Here it goes. Went to the ER with very strong pain from the abdominal towards the groin area. CT picked up a 3-4mm kidney stone. Spent almost 2 weeks on cocktail pills. Pain was in and out with different intensity for another 4 weeks. Started around 7:00P.M on Dec 08/12 the therapy with 60ml OO/LJ followed by 2 long glases of water approx. 0. 950L. Then every 30 min another 2 glases of water for about 2 hrs. Woke up the next morning and around 7:00 AM took the second shot of the OO/LJ mixture. I kept doing this for 3 days. Dec 12/12 approx. 2 hrs after the mixture I felt faint movements in the lower abdomen/upper bladder area. 5 min later the stone popped out with almost no pain at all. Dark color at around 4mm, flat with small corners.
I will keep taking the cure till the whole "thing" is flushed out.... Broke off I am not sure. I will keep posted....
It Works. Try it out. It Works.
Great website. Thank you very much guys for the this excellent website."
[YEA] 01/02/2012: Igor from Osijek, Croatia, Europe replies: "I can confirm that this remedy works. Two days after Christmas, about 6.30 PM I got strong pain in my lower back, with no prior announcements (except some tendernes in my groin region and car driving became unpleasant). After initial cramp pain subsided for little it moved to front lower abdomen. Tried warm showers that eased it somewhat but at 3AM I could stand no more and went to ER. After giving me anesthetic that did not help much, was sent to urinary clinic, examined by ultrasound that revealed no larger stones, urine tests that showed some blood and finally X ray clearly displayed 3-4mm stone at the entrance of ureter (tube that connects kidney and bladder). They gave me another stronger anesthetic by injection and pain finally relieved. I was told by Dr. to drink lots of water, 3-5 liters a day and walk as much as possible. If that doesn't work they'll have to put the probe up to my penis and ureter to remove the stone. It sounded as an ugly procedure. I was given pain medications. My wife found this oil/lemon remedy on the net and I've tried it. Used 60mL of olive oil and 60ml of squieezed lemon juice, mixed in a glass. I must say that it did lower the pain after a first drink. It was evening, when pain usually increase. Next day I had 2 drinks, in the morning and evening. I did not walk much as it was unplesant but not painful. On a 3rd day had another drink and went away for a walk, about 2 km. Came home and pissed out some blood and black stone chunks, some 3 pieces with no pain at all. Continued to drink lemonade and herbal teas to wash out urinary system and prevent infections.
So, seems that it works, both in pain reduction and expelling those painful SOBs.
Regards to everyone and Happy New Year."
[YEA] 05/10/2012: Jody from Kansas City, Missouri replies: "I've had kidney stones for years. Searched and searched for a remedy with no luck! Then, about 3 weeks ago, that old pain started in my back and intensified within an hour... Off to the emergency room... As the nurse was taking me back to the room, she told me about her daughter and her fight with kidney stones. This prompted her to do research and she found a medical study that concluded lemon juice does help! I did some online searching and found one here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8709360
a note on this: I'm not sure of the medical terminology with this, but in rare cases the stones are CAUSED by too much acid in the urine... If you try this and the pain increases, STOP!! For me, however, the pain immediately decreased, and my 8mm stone began to dissolve. It took about 4 days for the stone to pass, with significantly reduced pain! I caught it in a filter and it was broken and dissolving! Soooo happy to have this info!"
06/27/2012: Tara from Carthage, Ny replies: "This is a life saver. I was told I had multiple stones with one being 8 mm. The doctor scheduled me for a sonic blast but I did not want to do this... Invasive or not. So I found this site and took 2 oz. of EVOO and 2 oz. Of 100% lemon juice. That night I passed a stone about 4 mm and also passed one the next morning about 2 mm. Then I passed another 2 mm one the same afternoon. All with no pain. I continue to drink Lemon juice throughout the day and drink lots of water. I also take Chanca Piedra. One dropper full twice a day. I am hoping that the big one has decreased in size or came out. I will request another CT scan before I think about the sonic waves to break them up. Good luck!!!! Definitely worth a try. Nothing to lose! Thank you everyone for the advice!"
06/27/2012: Heather from San Diego, California replies: "Please follow up when you've had your scan. I'm interested in this too. Tried a similar formula when I had pain, cysts and infection in the kidney (even though my ultrasound showed no stones), I passed several pea sized stones, and felt much, much better with 95% reduction in pain and # of attacks.
I started doing this thinking it was totally hokey and that the stones were probably just cholesterol or fat deposits developed from the olive oil and (in my case) grapefruit juice BUT I did a grapefruit and apple juice fast for the first day prior to ingesting any oil whatsoever, and 100's of small stones were coming out the first night, 24 hours after my last bite of food with fat in it and several hours before ingesting any olive oil required int he flush, so that changed my mind about it being complete hogwash.
(I eat, routinely, a LOT of coconut oil in my diet - at least 2-3 tablespoons per day, sometimes more.)
Anyhow, would love to hear how your scans look."
[YEA] 06/30/2012: Stephen from Mt. Rainier, Md replies: "felt crappy for a week, then started xperiencing serious pains in my kidneys. had kidney stones many years ago, so was familiar with the pain. wife was out of town, really didn't want to go to the hospital, drop the kids on someone in the middle of the night, so I started searching and found this site. drank lemon juice and olive oil at four in the morning, wokeup pain free, with some residual aches. a day and a half later, felt another stone working it's way down, continued with the concoction, so far feeling great. will continue as needed. thank you so much for this information!"
07/04/2012: Corrina from Vancouver, B.c Canada replies: "I passed a 2mm stone in the ER a month ago and it was an excruciating process. Was told today by the urologist that a recent ultrasound shows a 5 mm in the kidney and a few smaller ones as well. My question: If I do the olive oil/lemon juice thing do I start that now or do I wait until the stones start to move? He's offered me lithotripsy as the big stone is too high up to go in and crush at this point. Will the olive oil and lemon juice concoction help break the stones down?? Anyone?? Freaked out in B.C."
07/05/2012: Helpyourself from Houston, Texas replies: "Try one oz. fresh squeezed lemon, chase down with one oz. olive oil, a.m. and p.m. Perhaps surgery will be unnecessary. Do this for a few days. Good Luck!!"
[YEA] 08/26/2010: Sam from Bangalore, Karnataka, India: "Hello Everyone, I am not that good in writing such blogs so I will keep it simple and sweet. One fine morning, I had a severe pain in my lower abdominal. I went to the doctor and he suspected that it could be the Kidney/Urinary Stone. I had my Ultrasound Scan done and found that I have got 3 Stones:
2 In the Kidney of around 4mm
1 In Urinary Bladder of 7mmX4mm
After 4-5 hours, my pain was gone and doctor gave me a medicine for 2 weeks and have told me to wait if I would pass it. If I would not, I would have to go for an operation. I tried those medicines for a week and nothing happened. NO pain though. So I started feeling worried about it. Because I knew if I would not pass it then I have to go through an operation which is ticking on my mind constantly. And by taking those medicines, nothing positive was happening so I was kind of loosing hope of passing my stones. So I started looking on Internet what would be the easiest way if I have to go through an operation. I did a bit of research and found that there is a Shock-wave Therapy and I thought of requesting that one for an operation. But then I thought, WAIT A MINUTE... Let me see what people has to say for the problem like this. Searched on net. And... FOUND THIS SITE!!! I read this blog and was surprised to know that Olive Oil and Lemon Juice was consistently effective on more than 200 people. I had decided to give it a try.... Went to a shop and bought a EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL and FRESH LEMONS. Went to home and before sleeping, I took about 60ml of Olive Oil and mixed 60ml of Lemon Juice with it as suggested by this blog. Drank it followed by lots of water at around 11pm. After few minutes, I felt my stone moving!!!!!! I thought it would start paining now so I went to bed immediately and slept before it starts hurting me. But got no pain that night. Woke up in the morning but didn't pass it. So before going to work, had another shot of the same at around 10am. I went to office, around like 5pm I went for a toilet and I felt it is moving and it is in the Urine Passage!!!!! But unfortunately the force of urine was not enough to push it outside as it was 7mmX4mm of stone!! But stone got stuck in my urinary passage and I was like.. Was not able to walk properly, was not able to even sit as it was stuck right there in the urinary passage!! SO drank lots of water.. Went to home.. Waited until I got good pressure in my urinary bladder... At around 8pm in the evening.. I thought I should give it a try again. Went to the toilet and pushed it hard and guess what???
IT WAS GONE!!!! I was so surprised!!!! Just 2 shots and my stone out!!! Amazing... Isn't It?
I was so happy, I called up all my friends and my family and told them about this. Went to the Doctor after two weeks from here for a scan and found that I have ZERO stones inside of me!!! Moral of the story is....
1) Olive Oil and Lemon Juice funda really works
2) I just had to take 2 shots so it is very effective and works straight away
3) It also cured my other 2 stones in my kidney
4) No pain and it was not at all bad in taste. It was just like drinking a lemon juice..
5) I felt I must share this so whenever I got chance, I share this around me
If you have a stone problem.. Please give it a try. You do not have to loose anything. It works!!! Give it a try!! Hope this would help!! Cheers,
08/29/2010: Ggharter6 from Milford, Mi, Usa replies: "My story: I have suffered with kidney stones since I was 16 yrs old. I had my first surgery for a 9mm last yr I recently found out there was more in both kidneys. I came across your site and decided what did I have to lose but hopefully some stones. I couldn't bring myself to drink 2 oz of each so decided to try 1 oz of each once a day along with the water afterwards and throughout the day low and behold the second day I passed 7 stones of good size the biggest being around 3mm with no pain also passed all kinds of small sand like ones. I'm still facing surgery as they want to know why there was so much blood in my urine but I will continue doing this on a monthly basis to keep the stones at bay. I can't thank you enough for having a site like this."
08/31/2010: Jay from Dayton , Ohio replies: "I was told the blood in my urine is from the crystal that make up the stone. These crystal cut up the bladder causing bladder infections. Calcium citrate and a low to medium oxalate diet can also help prevent them from forming to often. Research low oxalate diet."
[YEA] 01/13/2010: Michael from Davie, Florida: "Yea
1/21/02 Kidney Stone Attack #2
My first kidney stone was in 5/97. I went to the ER, received medication for pain and after the pain subsided went home. About 3 days later the stone passed with no further problems.
My second Kidney stone was in 1/02 and about 18 hours after the pain began passed a dark brown irregular calculus measuring about 3x2mm.
My third kidney stone incident began on 1/4/10 with the familiar discomfort in my groin and lower back. I was driven home and took some leftover pain med.
Three days later, I finally got to the doctors. I didn't take any pain med and the pain began while in the waiting room and intensified while I waited in the exam room for the PA, ceasing a few minutes before she entered. She sent me to nearby hospital for a CT scan. Their report confirmed a 5mm stone at the opening where the urethra empties into the bladder, a common bottleneck for stones. The Urologist, who was able to see me right away, explained that 5mm is about the limit for stones to pass without assistance and there were two procedures available, extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy and ureteroscopy, where they insert a fiber optic probe through the urethra and break up and grab the stone in a basket. He said that the stone's position made the blasting not a good percentage option. I decided to give it about a week and set a followup for the next Wednesday. He gave me some Flomax and a strainer and told me to drink a lot of water.
The next few days the pain came and went. Monday, I called the Urologist to set up the operation as soon as possible. It turned out that I needed clearance and some additional tests. The earliest the procedure could be scheduled was Thursday, Jan 14. When I got home, I jogged & walked 2 miles in the park and jumped off of a picnic table several times, trying to dislodge the stone from where it was stuck and move it into my bladder. It might have worked because after that there was no more pain - even the back soreness disappeared.
Tuesday, back to the doctor for an EKG, more blood work, and a chest X-ray. I passed the time in the waiting room looking up kidney stones on the internet on my smart phone. I found an interesting site that promised an effective home remedy of a common drink plus a vegetable, for $40. Researching it at home later, I found it was reported as a scam and that the "secret" was 6 cans of Coke and pureed asparagus. Thankfully, I kept researching alternatives and found this web site that listed hundreds of testimonials for a simple mixture of olive oil and lemon juice.
I went to the store and bought some lemon juice - not from concentrate - in a yellow squeeze bottle. At 3:30 pm I mixed 2 oz of each in a salad cruet (how appropriate) and shook it up really well, then downed it, followed by 12 oz water. The taste wasn't as bad as some reported and other than some oily belches, there were no side effects. It might even have had a beneficial effect of loosening my bowels that were tight from the pain meds. But still no stone.
Later, I rode my horse with my wife and did a lot of sitting trot to keep working on jarring down the stone. We watched a movie until 10:30pm, at which time I made a second cocktail, about 2.5 oz each of oil and juice this time and downed it. I got up to urinate around midnight and heard a distinct clink as the stone passed and hit the bottom of the jar. I collected it with the strainer and it looked different from my previous stones, which were light brown and very jagged. This one measures about 3 x 4mm and is darker, sort of rounded. It's possible the potion partially dissolved it making it rounder and smoother - if so, that's a good thing because there was no pain or any sensation at all when it passed - nine days from the initial attack and about 9 hours after my first drink, 1 1/2 hours after the second.
I'm very grateful to the people who put up this web site. It is truly a godsend. I brought the stone to the Urologist today, to have analyzed, and, obviously, called off the procedure - saving thousands of dollars and unknown discomfort!
I'm convinced that the olive oil and lemon juice helped the stone pass, thus averting unwanted and unnecessary surgery. The urologist thought the jumping did more than the mixture, but admitted that lemon juice is helpful in preventing stones. I plan on taking the mixture periodically to help inhibit kidney stones, cause there's no way I'm going to refrain from all the foods in the big list my urologist gave me. In the future, if I experience kidney stone pain I will take the potion from the outset, combined with some serious jumping. Pain medication and flomax are also helpful."
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 09/23/2009: Brenda from Livermore, Ca: "How many times should I take the lemon juice and EVOO for the kidney stone issue?
Been taking the EVOO and the lemon juice (2 oz of each mixed together). How many times per day seemed to work for people? My stone was a left renal stone lodged way up in kidney. Was scheduled to have surgery last thursday, however, got really sick so couldn't do the surgery. Would much rather pass it on my own. I took the concoction Saturday (morning and night) then Sunday (morning and night) and Monday three times and Tuesday Morning only. I have small bits of gravel (very very tiny) coming out in strainer, and on Monday the pain was severe. Haven't had pain up until this point, so maybe the stone is rollin on down and out? Any advice how long I need to take it? Supposedly I have at least a 7MM stone. Doctor resisted my theory it was stone (I only had bleeding when I exercised, no pain until this past Monday), and sent me for all kinds of cancer tests. As LAST RESORT, he sent me for CT scan and was surprised to find kidney stone. Please advise how long I need to take the stuff. It's been cleaning out I think my gallbladder too, so for the last two days been in bed and bathroom only. Kind of frustrating when one works for a living."
08/10/2009: Dave from Newport News, Virginia: "Kidney Stones from Hell: Been having stones for over 20 years, very tired of the Doctors, I'am trying the olive oil lemmon juice remedy to start, will let you know how things turn out. Thanks for the web site and all the people willing to help. People united by kidney stones, lol.."Replies
09/16/2009: Sally from Salinas, Ca replies: "Hi my name is sally and i have been diagnosed with alot of 3mm kidney stones and i seem to have passed some according to the doctor while i was in the emergency room on 9/14/09 but in doesn't seem to feel like it because i haven't seen any or felt that i have and since this is my first time dealing with kidney stones i don't know much about them, all i know is that they are painfull and i have alot of side and back pain, and i have no health insurance so i found this website and i'm gonna try the lemon juice and olive oil remedy and i'm hoping it works because i am in some excruciating pain. So thank you everybody for the remedy and i'll be sure to let everyone know my results
Thanks once again,