Calcium Phosphate Kidney Stones Causes
Although calcium oxalate type of kidney stone occurs more commonly among the general population, calcium phosphate kidney stone variety is also known to be produced in some, while not commonly encountered. The body submits to this type of kidney stone formation either due to hereditary factors or because of some chronic illness that the individual may be suffering from. This is best known to develop among the male population, more so if they are obese; but also can develop due to regular consumption of phosphate based fruit drinks; digestive tract abnormalities, renal tubular acidosis, respiratory diseases that require hyperventilation, or hyperthyroidism.
Like struvite kidney stones, calcium phosphate stones are also associated with urinary tract infections. When an individual develops fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, discoloration of urine, frequent urination along with sharp, shooting pains around the lower abdomen and groin area, along with a bout of urinary tract infection, chances are the individual may be suffering from kidney stone problems that are composed of calcium phosphate.
CT scan, x-rays, ultrasound, 24-hour urine collection, microscopic testing of urine samples, urine culturing, blood tests, and microscopic examination of the stone itself are useful in determining the type of kidney stone the person may be suffering from.
Calcium phosphate stones get formed when the urine is more alkaline and bacteria that cause urinary tract infections will produce alkaline urine. Thus, the first requirement for the individual to meet as soon as this kidney stone type is determined is to get the infection under control and take measures that will alter the urine pH and keep it more acidic.
Home Remedies & Diet Control
Regular consumption of juice extracted from cranberries and blueberries will assist in maintaining high acidic levels in urine. The soluble astringent substance present naturally in these berries dissuades the bacteria causing infection from sticking to the urinary tract wall and makes the environment within the urinary tract less favorable for them to thrive. Consume one cup of fresh cranberry juice around bedtime every day to discourage urinary tract infections thereby preventing the formation of kidney stones.
Increasing intake of potassium citrate makes the urinary tract atmosphere less conducive to the crystallization of stone-forming salts like calcium phosphate as well as restrains formation of calcium phosphate clusters. Potassium citrate content is high in certain raw foods and can be lost or reduced when cooked. Fruits like banana, melons, citrus fruits, and apricots; vegetables like tomatoes, green leafy varieties as in spinach, turnip greens, romaine lettuce; whole grains and cereals; salmon, tuna, sardines, and cod are high in potassium citrate. These should be part of the individual’s daily diet.
Of all the citrus foods, lemon seems to be most effective in preventing this type of kidney stone formation. Lemon juice consumed in large quantities is capable of increasing citrate levels in urine to a level that will hinder stone formation. The citrate combines with the chemical compounds present naturally in urine to check kidney stone production. Extract juice from fresh lemons, combine with water, add honey for flavor and consume every day.
Go natural and enjoy a pain free life!