SMA and Kidney Stones
Patients with SMA, particularly non-ambulatory ones, have a likelihood of experiencing kidney stones at some point in their lives. Due to the amount of time patients spend sitting in their wheelchairs, their urinary flow is more likely to be interrupted.
http://sterlingmedicaladvice.com defines kidney stones as follows: “As fluid is drained in the kidneys and urine is formed, sometimes particles come together, solidify and form kidney stones.” Stones can vary in size and severity, and the more severe ones get stuck in various parts of the urinary tract and cause intense pain. Often these stones have to be removed surgically.
As a patient with SMA Type II, I have had kidney stones several times during my late teens and early twenties. They can be quite painful, but there are ways to decrease the likelihood of you or someone you know from getting them. Please note that these are just tips based on my own experiences. Be sure to seek out a medical expert as well for professional advice.
Consult With a Urologist: Whether or not you have dealt with kidney stones, the first step is to see a urologist. A urologist can analyze your urinary tract, measure how much liquid you’re taking in on a daily basis and make suggestions as a result. Even if you’ve never had kidney stones, it doesn’t hurt to see a urologist and talk about how you can continue to prevent stones and other urinary issues.
Drink Plenty of Liquids: Maintaining a well-balanced liquid diet is a vital part of preventing kidney stones. Water, lemonade and even lime sodas have been recommended to me by my urologist, and you want to be sure to drink plenty of them on a daily basis.
Urinate Regularly Throughout the Day: This should be obvious advice, but I’m continually amazed by how many SMA individuals try to “hold it” for as long as they can because going to the bathroom is too time-consuming. If that’s the case, then wear an external catheter or have someone help you with a urinal. Limiting how much you urinate during the day can lead to countless urinary issues later on.
Have you dealt with kidney stones or other urinary issues before? What suggestions do you have? Join the discussion.