| | Kidney stones and horseback riding...interesting information!
I've had kidney stones for about 20 years now. They are calcium oxylate and I'm always going to be a 'stone maker', according to my doctor.
Here's what I've found over the years...... They only pass in the spring! I compete in horse showing events from around March until November. I ride 6 days a week and and also do some jogging during those months to keep myself in shape. From December until early March I used to do nothing, no riding, no running, etc. When I start up riding again it only take one or two times and my stones start moving, new ones that I didn't realize I had. The reason I believe this is happening is because when I sit idle for the 3 or 4 months the stones have a chance to grow in my kidney because I'm not bouncing around, jogging, riding, etc, therefor it's not 'jarring' them out. When I have one that is stuck, and anyone who's had them can track exactly where they are from the kidney to the ureter, and I ride or jog extra hard, it gets it moving and passes. It takes about 6 or 8 weeks before I feel completely better and all the stones, and gravel- I have alot of that, have passed.
I ran this by my urologist and he said there's never been any studies done that he is aware of of the corrolation between them, but logically it makes sense. Sort of like a salt shaker.....if you use it every day, the salt stays nice and loose and flows easily thru the holes in the shaker top. If you let it sit for a while and not shake it up, the salt clumps together (I know it's from moisture, but I'm using this for an example) and it passes thru the holes very hard.
Because I live in the coldest part of the country, I don't ride or go outside in the winter to jog. But now I do try to get on the treadmill to keep things moving when during the winter.
This could be TOTALLY COINCEDENCE, but in all my years of having them, this is the pattern that has followed.