What is Hydronephrosis?
Hydronephrosis stands for the swelling of one or both kidneys that occurs when urine cannot drain from the kidneys properly to the bladder, consequently it starts to build up in the kidneys. In most cases, it develops in one kidney but can develop in both kidneys too. Homeopathic remedies for hydronephrosis not only provide symptomatic relief to the patient but also solves the problem. The appropriate medicine can be taken after consulting a competent homeopathic physician.
It can develop in any age group, but children can be affected with this condition during infancy or during ultrasound before the baby is born.
The urine is accumulated in the kidneys then it passes down through the ureter into the urinary bladder where it stores it until it gets the signal of emptying it with urethra. If the urine remains in your kidneys or back flows, there are high chances of developing this condition.
What are the Causes of Hydronephrosis?
It itself is not a disease, it can develop due to internal and external conditions that disturbs the process of urinary system.
Blockage in Urinary Tract
In most cases, it occurs due to the blockage or obstruction in the urinary tract. Blockage mostly appears in the ureters (the tubes that cast out urine from the kidneys) can result in this condition. This blockage may be a result of kidney stone, but can also develop due to blood clot or scar tissue. The blockage in the ureter may cause backflow of urine in the kidney and result in swelling. Other causes of blockage can be a twist or bend in ureteropelvic junction (meeting point of ureter and pelvis of kidney), BPH Benign prostate hyperplasia (prostate enlargement) in men can result in obstruction of the urethra, tumors in pelvic region may cause pressure on the urinary tract and pregnancy may also cause compression of urethra due to the growing fetus. At times, it can also develop due to narrowing of ureter because of an injury or infection.
The next main cause of hydronephrosis is vesicoureteral reflux. In this case, the valve present at the junction of the urethra and bladder does not work properly. It results in the backward flow of urine into the kidneys. The normal process is, urine drains from kidney to ureter then bladder to urethra and out of our body. When the backward flow of urine develops which is the wrong path of the flow of urine then it can result in having problems emptying the kidney and eventually the swelling arises.
Apart from these causes, it can also develop due to the damage to the nerves around the bladder, structural abnormalities of the junctions between kidney, ureter and bladder and they can be birth defects that can cause hurdle in normal urination.
What are the Symptoms of Hydronephrosis?
This condition may not always develop symptoms, when it does it can be:
- Frequent urination
- Painful urination
- Incomplete drainage of urine (unable to empty the bladder)
- Urgent desire to pass urine
- Pain in the flank
- Back pain that can radiate to the groin or lower abdomen
Symptoms in babies:
- Reduced energy levels
- Recurrent UTIs
- Not feeding well
- Abdomen pain
People suffering from Hydronephrosis are more likely to develop urinary tract infections. The sign of symptoms of UTI are burning while passing urine, painful urination, constant desire to pass urine, an urgency to urinate, weak urine flow/stream, cloudy urine, pus or blood in urine, scanty urine, flank pain, backache, fever, lower abdominal pain, chills, vomiting and nausea.
If urinary tract infection is not addressed properly there are great chances of developing serious condition such as infection of the kidney (pyelonephritis). If the hydronephrosis left untreated then it can cause permanent kidney damage.
Homeopathic Remedies for Hydronephrosis
Homeopathic mode of treatment acts well in treating hydronephrosis and also relieved you from the symptoms. These medicines can drain the kidneys and also reduce its swelling. The provided medicines can also be helpful in some cases of urinary tract infections. The selection of the appropriate medicine depends on the competent physician, the medicines should be taken after consulting the homeopath.
Apis Mellifica – Homeopathic Medicine for Painful Urination
It is the ideal homeopathic remedy to treat pain along with urination. The pain experienced during urination can be smarting, burning, scalding and stinging in nature. Most burning is present at the ending (last drops) of urine. The person is suffering from frequent urination day and night even every half hour and it is scanty in amount. At times, the blood in the urine is also present. Apart from the above features, there is a pain in the kidney region. Stooping makes the pain worse. Soreness on pressure and bruised sensation in the kidney area is also present.
Cantharis – Homeopathic Medicine for Hydronephrosis with Cystitis, Urinary Tract Infection
Homeopathic medicine Cantharis also works well in cases of hydronephrosis where cystitis and urinary tract infections are also present. The patient experiences pain and burning sensation in urination. It can be felt during, before or after passing the urine. Additionally, the patient of Cantharis also passes small quantities of urine but the desire to pass urine is constant.
Apocynum – Homeopathic Treatment for Hydronephrosis with Dull, Aching Pain in Kidney
This homeopathic medicine works well on the urinary tract and works very well in cases of hydronephrosis. The key feature of this medicine is dull aching pain in the kidneys. Apart from the previous symptoms, there is a sensation of a distended bladder. The urine passed is hot in nature. After passing the urine, burning in the urethra is also present and thick mucus may pass in urination.
Acidum Nitricum – Homeopathic Medicine for Hydronephrosis with Frequent Urination
Nitric Acid works well in cases of hydronephrosis when it is accompanied by frequent urination, especially at night. The urine is scanty in nature and it may contain pus, mucus or blood in it and is very offensive in nature. Along with this, there may be a cutting pain in the abdomen. The rest of the prominent symptoms are burning pain after passing the urine and difficulty in urination. Furthermore, the person may experience cramp-like contractive pain in the kidneys that radiates towards the bladder where this medicine is prescribed.
Arsenic Album – Homeopathic for Hydronephrosis with Burning Pain while Urination
Arsenic Album is a top-rated medicine when it comes to dealing with burning pain while urinating. In most cases, the burning is present at the beginning of urination and it is passed with great difficulty and scanty in nature. It may contain pus and blood and turbid in nature. Stitches may be felt in the renal area.
Phosphorus – Homeopathy for Hydronephrosis with Frequent and Urgent Need to Urinate
Homeopathic medicine Phosphorus works well for swelling of the kidneys when it is associated with frequent and urgent desire to urinate. Urine passed is thick, scanty and turbid in nature. At times, it may contain red sand like sediments and brown in color and the smell of the urine is offensive. Apart from the above features, the kidney region feels dull pain.
Berberis Vulgaris – Homeopathic Medicine for Swelling and Pain of Kidneys
This medicine is produced from the bark of the root of the plant that is, barberry. It belongs to the family of berberidaceae. It is prescribed in cases of pain in the kidney area. The pain in the kidney can be shooting, tearing, pressing, tensive or bruising in nature. The pain can travel to the bladder and thighs. When we look at the modalities, the pain gets worse from stooping and it gets better by standing. It is associated with a frequent urge to pass urine. The urine is pale yellow in color with gelatinous sediment, or mucus sediment and also warm. A burning sensation is also felt in the urethra while passing urine. After passing the urine, there is a sensation as if the bladder contains urine and there is a need to go for urination again to empty it.
Solidago – Homeopathic Remedy for Hydronephrosis with Kidney Pain on Pressure
It is another homeopathic medicine that can be helpful in cases of urinary problems. It is produced from a plant known as Solidago Virgaurea with the common name of Golden rod. The family of this plant is compositae. Homeopathic medicine Solidago can be used as a catheter for the patient. The patient of this medicine is sensitive to pressure and the kidneys are painful. The pain may radiate to the abdomen and bladder. Urine passed is scanty in nature along with the above features. The smell of the urine may be sour and it may contain thick sediment in it.
Terebinthina – Homeopathy for Painful Urination with Blood in it
It is very helpful in cases of painful urination with blood in it. there is marked tenesmus and the person has ineffectual and painful straining while passing urine. Along with the urgency to urinate, the frequency to pass urine also rises. The urine passed is small in quantity and also painful in nature. at times, the person urinates in drops and with straining effort. Furthermore, the person also feels that the bladder is not emptying completely after passing the urine. There is a burning sensation along with drawing pain in kidneys may present with the previous features.
Sarothamnus – Homeopathic Medicine for Drawing Pain in Kidney
It is a natural product of homeopathy that is produced from the fresh flowers of Sarothamnus Scoparius commonly called Cystisus scoparius and scotch broom. The family of the plant is leguminosae. It is prescribed in cases where the patient complains of drawing pain in the kidneys. The urination is also increased with the previous feature. The frequency to pass urine at night is high.
Argentums Met – Homeopathic Remedy for Frequent Urination
It is one of the main homeopathic medicines for hydronephrosis. The person who requires this medicine also complains of frequent urination. Lastly, the patient also has inflammation of the urethra (urethritis) and bladder (cystitis).
Note: Medicines mentioned here are for information purpose only. Kindly do not self-medicate.
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I had accomplished D. H. M. S in 2008, I have been into practice (in Rawalpindi & Islamabad) for more or less 12 years. During my practice, I have been treating acute as well as chronic disorders. I had also completed MHS (Masters of Human Sexuality) in 2014 from SAIHS. Dengue fever, Developmental Delay, Urethral Stricture, Sexual dysfunctions and disorders in males as well as females attract my attention, therefore, I love to solve these cases.
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