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Hello,

A few days ago, my urine was was brownish color, like it was saturated in blood. I went to urgent care, and they said I probably had kidney stones. I was sent to go get a CT scan, and was told I have stones in both kidneys. I've been referred to a urologist, but they couldn't get me in until the end of the month.

About 2 days after my urine turned colors, it cleared back up to it's normal color. The only discomfort I've experienced was very mild, on my right side, towards my hip. It really just felt like I slept on it wrong.

My questions are: is this normal for it to 'show up' and 'disappear' like that? I was under the impression that once it started, nothing would let up until it passed. Also, what causes it to bleed so much? Is there anything you could recommend I do, or don't do, between now and my appointment(like avoid this food or activity)? P.S. Thanks for providing this service!

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Daryl

Kidney stones are very unpredictable.  Pain or no pain;blood or no blood.  It certainly isn't true that once started it has to be continuous until they pass. They typically flare intermittently just as you have described.  The bleeding co.as from contact befween the stone and the ureter. When there is pressure, the ureter is scratched and bleeds. Until you can SSE your physician just try to drink a little more water. You can also ask him to call in a.prescription for you for some tamsulosin. It helps stones to pass.  Also ask about 24 hour urine testing for prevention testing later.

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Stephen W. Leslie, MD

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Questions concerning erectile dysfunction, kidney stones and prostate disorders including prostate cancer. I have a special interest in kidney stone disease prevention.

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Full time practicing urologist with 30 years experience. Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Urology at Creighton University Medical Center. Editor in Chief of eMedicine Urology internet textbook. Author of only NIH approved book written for patients by a urologist on the subject of kidney stones "The Kidney Stones Handbook". Inventor of the "Parachute" and "Escape" kidney stone baskets and the "Calculus" stone prevention analysis computer program.

Organizations
American Urological Association, Ohio State Medical Association, Sexual Medicine Society

Publications
Men's Health, Journal of Urology, Urology, Healthwatch Magazine, Emergency Medicine Monthly, eMedicine, "The Kidney Stones Handbook", and numerous articles in various newspapers. He is also the editor of the Urology Board Review by McGraw-Hill used by urologists to study for their Board Certification Examinations.

Education/Credentials
Graduate of New York Medical College with residencies completed at Metropolitan Hospital New York, Albany Medical Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Awards and Honors
Thirlby Award of the American Urological Association. Rated as one the country's Best Urologists by the Independent Consumer's Research Institute

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