People who suffer excruciating pains caused by kidney stones tend to drink lots of water and other liquids to make the stones pass more quickly.
In most cases, that's a mistake, says Mayo Clinic urologist Dr. Peter Nieh. Drinking lots of liquids actually may infensify the pain.When a kidney stone is large enough to block a ureter (a tube that leads from the kidney to the bladder), drinking liquids intensifies the pressure on the affected kidney, he explained.
Once the stone has passed, drinking liquids is the thing to do. Liquids discourage new stones from forming.
Warning: People who suffer a kidney stone attack likely will have another within 10 years.