What Are the Causes of Missed Period After Passing a Kidney Stone?

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Kidney Stone

  • According to the Mayo Clinic, kidney stones are hard deposits of acid salts and minerals that have gathered on the inside of the kidneys. Typically these deposits, which include calcium, would be broken up in urine, but they can in fact merge together, crystallize and form stones. Kidney stones can cause pain in the back, the side, the groin and abdomen. Kidney stones can fall into several categories including calcium stones, crystine stones, struvite stones and uric acid stones. Kidney stones can block normal kidney functions, the passage of urine and lead to infections of the urinary tract.

Missed Periods

  • Missed periods are also known as amenorrhea, the absence of menstruation. Periods can be missed for several reasons, including hormonal imbalance, anorexia, bulimia, pregnancy, menopause, stress and STDs. It can also be caused potentially by kidney stones.

Causes of Missed Period After Passing a Kidney Stone

  • The presence of a kidney stone can cause great physical stress to the body. Stress and pain in the body can cause a menstrual cycle to be light in blood flow or even be missed entirely. This stress, especially in the lower regions of the body, can even lead to a missed period after the stone has passed. An additional cause of a missed period after passing a kidney stone is Cushing's syndrome. As defined by Merck Pharmaceuticals, Cushing's syndrome is a medical condition where corticosteroid levels are high in the body. It usually stems from overproduction of the chemical by the adrenal glands. Amongst such symptoms as fat in the face and body, Cushing's syndrome can also cause both kidney stones and missed periods.

Treatment

  • Further kidney stone development can be treated with changes in lifestyle, including adding water to one's diet as well as limiting food high in salt and protein. Medication is prescribed also to control buildup of acid in the urine, which could lead to kidney stones. Medical procedures to aid in decreasing kidney stone development include using shock waves to break up the formations, surgery to remove the stones and surgical removal of growths on the parathyroid glands.

    Treatment for Cushing's syndrome may require the removal or treatment of a tumor growing on the glands (pituitary or adrenal). Surgery or use of radiation as well as drug therapy can be prescribed.

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