The Doctors: Kidney Stone Pain
Patrick from San Jose, California is a Doctors viewer who recently passed a kidney stone. While kidney stones are a common occurrence that aren’t usually life-threatening, the pain of passing a stone has been described as excruciating. Therefore, Patrick asked The Doctors, “how could something so small cause so much pain?” That’s a great question! I’m sure it’s been on a lot of people’s minds.
“It’s an 11 out of 10,” Dr. Travis Stork said of kidney stone pain. He’s been witness to many grown men and women crying in the emergency room over kidney stones. Dr. Jim Sears added that it’s “some of the worst pain someone can ever experience.”
Kidney stones are jagged, so when they pass down the ureter the muscle contracts and the pain is simply excruciating. They can be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a ping pong ball. However, the good news is that once the stone breaks free, the pain is immediately relieved.
The Drs: How To Prevent Kidney Stones
There’s no way to completely eliminate your risk of kidney stones, but there are certain ways to help prevent them. Dr. Lisa Masterson shared her tips on how to prevent kidney stones. First and foremost, be sure to drink plenty of water; hydration is extremely important. Plus, foods like spinach and rhubarb can help reduce your risk.
The Doctors: Asparagus Hangover Cure
Finally, The Doctors shared a new and unusual hangover cure: asparagus! New studies have shown that asparagus is loaded with amino acids and minerals that help break down alcohol. So next time you order a martini, ask for an asparagus stalk in place of olives!