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Apr 25, 2021 09:01PM
Apr 25, 2021 09:03PM
Was your kidney stone tested to see what caused it, or did your doctor run any blood or urine tests? I understand your concern about what kidney stones might mean for someone with a history of breast cancer. Hopefully the two are unrelated for you.
There are multiple causes of kidney stones, with the primary reason being not drinking enough water. A diet high in sodium is also a risk fact. However, there are other causes as well, including eating what would otherwise be considered a healthy diet. My first (and so far only) kidney stone landed me in the ER 36 hours before I was scheduled for my re-excision. That was probably the last thing on my radar at the time, so when I was awakened at 1:30 AM with searing pain in my back and uncontrolled vomiting, I had no idea what was happening.
You mention that you had been in bed for two weeks recovering from surgery, which absolutely could be at least a partial cause, as you probably did not drink as much water as you normally would. I believe this is what happened to me because prior to my first BC surgery, I had knee surgery that had me laid up for some time and hubby was not so great at bringing me things I needed such as a glass of water every once in a while after the knee surgery or the first BC surgery LOL!!
Anyway, my stone was tested and it was determined that it was caused by excessive calcium oxalate. Contrary to what that label indicates, this wasn't because of excessive calcium in my blood but rather a diet high in oxalates and actually not enough calcium in my diet. Many healthy foods (that many breast cancer patients and survivors are encouraged to eat) are high in oxalate (think spinach, berries, whole grains, many veggies, etc.). Many other commonly consumed foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, nuts, etc. are also high in oxalate. Apparently my body can't handle the load of oxalate (some people can and some can't). I had not been drinking enough water, had been eating a lot of healthy foods high in oxalate, and had been avoiding dairy due to the ER+ tumor, all of which created the perfect storm for me. The urologist had me undergo a 48 hour urine analysis to measure the oxalate in my urine and it was high. The diet he recommended was in several ways in conflict with the healthy diet I follow to minimize my risk of breast cancer recurrence. I was told by both the urologist and his PA that some other things I could do to counteract the high oxalate when I consume certain foods was to eat some dairy or other calcium-rich foods as calcium actually absorbs the oxalate. They also said taking vitamin B6 has been shown to reduce the risk of developing kidney stones.
Here's to hoping that your kidney stone is completely unrelated to your BC. Here is some information from Harvard Health regarding kidney stones. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/5-steps-for-pr...
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