Posted by Rod (Alberta, Canada) on 03/17/2008
[YEA] You can count me as 100 percent YEA on the lemon juice - olive oil remedy for kidney stones. My story is this... exactly 8 months and 8 days ago (July 9/07), I woke up at 630am and went to the bathroom to urinate. I went back to bed and immediately the horrendous journey began. I got the most excruciating pain out-of-the-blue, in my lower right back, lower right abdomen and right into the right groin and testicle. Like a burning knife stabbing right through me. Had no idea what is was but it had me writhing on the floor in pain for the next 16 hours at least. Couldn't get relief in any position, not even on the bed, and that is how I ended up on the floor. That night I managed to get to sleep and woke the next day feeling much less pain. Went to the ER but couldn't get in within 5-6 hours so went home. During the course of that week the pain reduced considerably, I had exactly 3 times of smoky-brown urine, but that was it. Was getting back to normal it seemed.
Fast forward 4 months later to November 18/07. Again woke early and got the worst pain imaginable out-of-the-blue again. Exact same pain, but this time was accompanied by violent vomiting that just wouldn't end, even after there was long since nothing left to vomit. Pain, just like the first attack, lasted the entire day and was excruciating again. Got to sleep again that night, and once again pain was less the next day and tolerable, but still hadn't seen a doctor about the condition yet. No blood in urine this time surprisingly enough.
Finally, after close to 8 months of discomfort and frequent urination (up to 25 times a day, I meticulously kept track one week), I went to the ER and sat out the multi-hour wait and saw a doctor. He immediately suspected kidney stones, and got me in for a CT scan after the weekend was over. Scan showed a 6mm calculus (stone) stuck in the right ureter, within an inch or 2 of the opening to the bladder. Didn't know what kind of stone it was, CT doesn't show that and this was my FIRST stone ever, so had nothing to compare to. Got an appointment with the Urologist, and he said there was pretty much no chance of passing the stone anymore if I hadn't done so in 8 months. I had just nicely started taking an anti-inflammatory and a flo medicine, plus drinking gallons of water, hoping that I could still pass the stone since I had just nicely found out that I had one. But despite this, the Urologist booked me for surgery for 4 weeks later.
Then I got desperate for a home remedy, NOT wanting the ureteroscopy surgery. I started with lemon juice but didn't have any olive oil on hand so substituted canola oil in its place. But didn't do remedy right because I was using 2 oz of lemon juice but only a tablespoon or 2 of canola oil because the taste was so bad. Then a week later I got some groceries and bought lots of lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, and also some Coca-Cola and canned asparagus just in case I needed to try the other "famous" remedy found frequently on the internet.
I took 2 oz of Lemon Juice mixed with 2 oz of Olive Oil, and took this twice a day... once in the mid-afternoon and once in the late evening, at least an hour before bed. I was still taking my 1 flo med each evening, but had stopped taking the anti-inflammatory a week earlier. Three days passed and no success, so I decided to try the 6 cans of Coke and 8 oz of pureed asparagus. It was very hard to do without throwing up, being so full that the distended belly was almost too much to cope with, but I managed to do it.
No success the next morning, so went back to my Lemon Juice/Olive Oil routine. Did that for 2 days, and was giving up hope and down to my last flo med pill. Woke up 5 times that night to go pee, but still nothing. Finally got up for good at 835am, tired and depressed. Sat down to go pee this time (other times that night I stood up and strained through strainer), and while sitting and straining the pee, OUT PLOPS THE 6MM STONE into the plastic strainer!!!!!!!! NO PAIN whatsoever, just weird tickling or tweaking in my lower right side and a bit of discomfort for the first time in my lower "left" back. I was SHOCKED. 8 months, 8 days, and 2 hours and it finally came out!!!
Now to pass the stone after all this time, which most everyone thought would be impossible, was amazing and a massive relief. Was it just the lemon juice and olive oil? Or had the coke and asparagus remedy 3 days earlier also contributed? And maybe the Flomax helped too? All I know is that I danced and jumped up and down with joy after that weird, brownish, oval-shaped stone plopped out like a legless spider or beetle or something. And the last 2 days had just been with lemon juice/olive oil and 1 flo med, so I have to give most of the credit I think to the Lemon Juice and Olive Oil. And NO PAIN, stunning!
So to sum up, if I could pass a 6mm stone, stuck in the ureter for over 8 MONTHS, using the home remedies of Lemon Juice/Olive Oil, Coke/Asparagus, and 1 flomax each night, then there is hope for those in a similar situation. Oh, and drink water like it is going out of style, 10-15 full glasses per day. I was drinking after every pee, every meal, and practically every 30 mins. in between time. No little sips, full glasses of water each time. There was hope and in the end the home remedies worked. 3 days of Lemon/Olive, 1 day of Coke/Asparagus, followed by 2 days of Lemon/Olive worked for me. Thank you very much to EVERYONE that has posted on this "Earth Clinic" site, even the Nays, because in the end the great balanced opinions I got on this board told me that these were REAL people, and it came through for me in the end. Now I have to call and cancel my SURGERY....no 2-foot telescope going up the winky on this guy!!!!!