Could my kidney stone have been caused by the copious minerals precipitating out of my well water?
A few years ago I had a calcium kidney stone. (Which I cannot recommend.) I've had regular kidney X-rays since, and every time—including today—not a thing has been found. There's nothing about my diet that made me at risk for kidney stones and, as a result, there was really nothing that I could change about my diet to reduce my risk.
I'd lived in the same house for four years at that point, and the well water there was pretty bad. It would leave mineral buildup on everything. If I let a pot of water boil down the nothing, the inside of the pot would have a bluish-white crust left behind. The bathroom sink was stained blue. I never did get the water tested to find out what was going on. But I cooked with it, drank it, etc.
My wife and I built a new house a few hundred yards from our old house a year after I passed that stone, and our new house has great built-in filtering—we have no mineral problems.
Though I've brought up this correlation with my urologist, she dismissed it out of hand. It makes sense to me to me intuitively, but I can't find any information about this, and I certainly have no specific medical or chemical knowledge that demonstrates a causative link. I do know that excess calcium intake can create a kidney stone
and that a whitish precipitate in water can be calcium carbonate
, but to assume that the two are connected may well be wrong. (I never took chemistry!)
So, is it possible that the minerals in my water caused my kidney stone?