I have never had kidney stones, but here is some information to help you better understand them:
Lupus affects the kidneys by causing deposits of antibodies in the kidneys, which provoke an inflammatory response. This injures the kidney and causes blood and protein to appear in the urine, and sometime kidney failure. Generally it does not cause kidney infections or trouble getting the urine out. Some of the medications used to treat lupus could suppress your immune system and make infections more likely. While Lupus is a risk factor for some kidney diseases, it is not a risk factor for developing kidney stones. The following are some risk factors for developing kidney stones:
* Insufficient fluid intake, especially water
* Personal history of kidney stones
* Family history of kidney stones
* Between the ages of 20 and 60
* High protein, low fiber diet
* Very sedentary lifestyle
* Recurring urinary tract infections
Kidney stones may form when the normal balance of water, salts, minerals, and other substances found in urine changes. How this balance changes determines the type of kidney stone you have. Most kidney stones are calcium-type-they form when the calcium levels in your urine change.
Many medical conditions can affect the normal balance and cause stones to form. People who have inflammatory bowel disease or who have had surgery on their intestines may not absorb fat from their intestines in a normal way. This changes the way the intestines process calcium and other minerals, and it may lead to kidney stones. IBS is not the same as Inflammatory bowel disease. Also, certain diuretics which are commonly called water pills or calcium-based antacids may increase the risk of forming kidney stones by increasing the amount of calcium in the urine.
A less common type of stone is caused by infection in the urinary tract. This type of stone is called a struvite or infection stone. A bit less common is the uric acid stone. Cystine stones are rare. Urolithiasis is the medical term used to describe stones occurring in the urinary tract. Other frequently used terms are urinary tract stone disease and nephrolithiasis. Doctors also use terms that describe the location of the stone in the urinary tract. For example, a ureteral stone (or ureterolithiasis) is a kidney stone found in the ureter.
More commonly, kidney stones can run in families, as they often occur in family members over several generations.
I hope that this has been helpful to you.
Peace and Blessings