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Kidney Stone Sufferers Can Seek Relief On A Roller Coaster

Dorathy Gass

For anyone who has ever had to pass a kidney stone, the pain can be unbearable. However, while the last thing on anyone’s mind would be going to an amusement park (or Disney for that matter), a recent study suggests that a roller coaster may do the trick when it comes to passing small kidney stones through your system. It appears that the bumps and jolts of a roller coaster ride is the key to all of this, and can aid when it comes to passing those stubborn stones, to seek relief.

The idea of the experiment came from one of the lead researchers of the study, Dr. David Wartinger, who stated that a patient of his passed three stones while riding the Magic Kingdom Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Orlando’s Disney World. However, as it seems this strategy is not pinned on Disney alone, as Wartinger claims that he has heard many stories over the years of people vacationing at theme parks, that have ended up passing their kidney stones.

The research team used a silicon mold for their experiment, one that anatomically accurate. As Wartinger stated the models they used were ‘duplicates’ with the same hollow spaces found in a human’s kidney. The team placed urine and kidney stones within the mold’s passageways, then placed the entire model in a backpack, and strapped it in between Wartinger and his partner within the study, Dr. Marc A. Mitchell.

It’s important to note, Disney did not support the study in any way, but did give the two researchers permission to do the tests at their amusement park. The two researchers did present themselves to park officials prior to entering, and rode the ride multiple times.

The stones were marked where they originally sat, therefore the two researchers could easily see how far the stones passed before and after the ride. As it turns out, the duo found that seats at the back of the roller coaster created better results in their original study, with approximately 64% of the stones passing through the kidneys successfully.

CNN reported that the initial study showcased results over 20 times on the roller coaster. Still, Wartinger has stated that he and his partner underwent an expanded version of the study, where they (along with their kidney models) partook in the ride over 230 times. The results revealed that there was a 70 percent passage rate, overall.

As Wartinger notes, the reasoning behind why this works is not too difficult to understand. He goes on to state that a kidney stone is basically a rock that is lodged in the passageways of one’s kidney. The idea is to find the right amount of rattling and shaking to help it pass through the bladder.

Wartinger goes on to state that this roller coaster way of passing a kidney stone would especially benefit those individuals with stones that are smaller.

Still, while people may be able to pass those kidney stones; riding any roller coaster for up to 20 times may also cause them to lose their lunch. It’s a ‘give and take’ situation at the end of the day …

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