Your morning routine once you wake up, is almost the same as everyone.
Pee and Poop
Do you realise among all the things which you do in the morning, the only function which you or most people usually repeat throughout the day is peeing or pooping.
Now just like doing anything in a hurry is bad, urinating in a hurry also has its disadvantages. When you urinate in a hurry, many times, the bladder is not completely emptied. Some urine is left behind.
What this results in, is the minerals in the urine which is leftover, becomes concentrated and it turns into tiny crystals. These crystals join and form a ball or ‘stone’ like structure. This is called a ‘Bladder Stone’.
Now what exactly is a bladder stone and how are they formed?
Vesical calculus is the scientific term used for a bladder stone. As mentioned before, the minerals in the urine, still in the bladder, concentrate, crystallize and join to form a stone-like structure.
These stones are usually small in size and in most cases are not dangerous as they eventually pass through the urine.
But at times, these stones get stuck to the walls of the bladder. The more time they spend being stuck on the walls, the more crystals they gather ultimately getting bigger in size.
Now, this is the major problem. The growing size of the bladder stone.
Most bladder stones do not cause any kind of symptoms. You will not even know of its existence until you actually get an X-ray done.
However, it is always better to get an X-ray test so that you can be rest assured that at least you don’t have a growing ‘stone’ in your body.
How do you know if you have a bladder stone?
Now, this is important, so pay attention. What you might think is normal or not serious, might actually be a bladder stone at work.
These are the symptoms you might see every day if you have a bladder stone:
– Blood in the urine
– Discomfort or pain while urinating
– Frequent urination
– Pain in the lower stomach
– Cloudy or dark textured urine.
What causes a bladder stone?
Well, you now know that not urinating completely is the primary cause of a bladder stone. But why are you not able to urinate completely?
There might be a hidden reason which might be causing your bladder to not empty completely.
Some of these causes are:
Neurogenic bladder: In this condition, if the nerves that run along the bladder and the nervous system are damaged, it might result in the bladder not emptying fully.
Prostate Enlargement: In many cases, if the prostate gland is enlarged, it can lead to pressing of the urethra eventually causing a disruption in urine flow and also leaving some urine in the bladder.
Medical Devices: Bladder stones can also be caused by various medical devices which are being used by a person which move to or from the bladder.
Bladder inflammation: Enlargement of the bladder due to urinary tract infections or even due to any kind of radiation therapy might lead to the incomplete emptying of the bladder.
Kidney Stones: Often kidney stones travel to the ureter. If they are too large to pass, they will stay in the bladder.
How can bladder stones be treated?
There are mainly two treatments by which bladder stones can be treated, that is if only they are too big to pass out in the urine.
Doctors usually will ask you to drink lots of water in the whole day so that the stone, if small enough can out in the urine itself.
But if the stone is too big to pass through urine, there are two treatments:
Breaking the Bladder stones:
This is an invasive procedure where the doctor inserts a tube with a camera into the urethra. Once it’s inserted, the doctor can view the stone and break it down as well. This procedure is called cystolitholapaxy.
An ultrasound or laser is used to break down the stone into smaller particles so they can be passed through the urine itself. Once broken down, washing them or vacuuming them away is the method which is usually done.
Even though this procedure is highly effective, there are a few side effects such as infections or tears in the bladder walls.
If the stones are too big that even cystolitholapaxy cannot break them down, only then surgery is the only option left to get the stones out of the body.
Most diseases and conditions do not start out by being serious or harming the body to a great extent, the case is the same with bladder stones as well. What starts out as small particles can result in a giant ball which can affect your whole body. So, do not waste any more time. Visit us at Vinn Hospitals and get that X-ray done so our doctors can get you free of any stones!
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