Guy’s Got Some Stones Going on a Rollercoaster Like That!

Kidney stones showed a higher likelihood of passing while sitting in the back

Did you know that 1 in 10 people will have a kidney stone at some point in their life? Those are scary odds for something that has been described as one of the most painful experiences that can be experienced.

Kidney stones do not typically have one single cause but are a build-up of crystal forming substance left behind from un-diluted urine. Most kidney stones that occur are calcium stones, but other forms such as uric acid stones and struvite stones may form.

Symptoms aren’t always present and may only be noticed once the stone starts moving around the kidney or passes to the urethra. Unfortunately, the stones are often too large at this point for a self-remedy, and you may need to seek a urologist for medical advice.

There are certain steps that can be taken to help avoid kidney stones and costly hospital bills. The most important thing you can do is drink plenty of water. Water will help to your urine is diluted enough and not leaving behind any toxins or residues that may eventually build-up into a stone.

Among increased water intake, other actions you can take to prevent kidney stones are reducing sodium intake, limiting animal protein, and one home-grown study suggests that we can add riding roller coasters to the list. Other kidney stone remedies exist but there is some debate about their effectiveness.

That’s right! While it’s not conclusive, early tests from a professor at Michigan State suggest that the c-force from rollercoasters may help kidney stones to pass before they become too large.

David Wartinger, the urological surgeon and professor at Michigan State, noticed that patients of his would often return from their Orlando theme park vacations with fewer kidney stones. Wartinger even had one patient that claims he passed 3 separate stones while riding roller coasters at different times. It was this story set him out on a mission to see if roller coasters were helping people pass kidney stones.

After making a make-shift artificial kidney, he could determine that the c-force from the rollercoasters did have an actual impact. And even more interesting, the impact varied greatly depending where he sat on the roller coaster. When sitting in the back stones passed 63.89% of the time compared to 16.67% in the front.

While the test was too small to be conclusive these early results are quite interesting. So, there you have it, people who may be at risk of getting kidney stones make sure you sit in the back of the roller coaster!