I just found out that I have similar kidney issues as my father, who has been suffering from the disease spongy kidney for the duration of his life.
The preliminary tests indicate that I have slightly deformed kidneys, but they’re much more normal compared to my fathers’.
He gets at least one kidney stone every month while I will typically one get one serious stone each year if I’m lucky to avoid getting more than that. Understandably, he tries to give me as much advice as possible to reduce my risk. Aside from drinking copious amounts of water every single day, he said that diluted lemonade is also helpful for him personally. It’s the pain that can get so debilitating that I don’t know what I’m going to do to find some form of relief, even just a tiny bit. You can chew acetaminophen and ibuprofen everyday, but the latter is eventually going to wear a hole through the lining of your stomach. That’s in part why I’m such a huge advocate for medical marijuana—I think that it’s easily one of the single greatest pain medicines that exists on this planet. The side effects are minimal and the risk for physiological addiction is considerably lower than other pain medications with the same level of potency as THC. But pain relief is not the only benefit of medical marijuana. My niece is epilectic and uses it to treat her seizures. The marijuana that she uses has a large amount of CBD in it as well, which has a synergistic effect with THC. Combining cannabinoids and terpenes together is referred to as the entourage effect.