Skip to main content

Symptoms of Kidney Stones


Developing kidney stones is a very common occurrence these days. A kidney stone is a stone-like, hard mass that could form in either or both of your kidneys. Most times a person will have the stones without experiencing any symptoms of kidney stones. However, as they begin to travel to the bladder from the kidneys, one will likely begin to experience some severe pain.

If you are having some health troubles, you might want to consider if you are suffering from symptoms of kidney stones.

Developing kidney stones is a very common occurrence these days. A kidney stone is a stone-like, hard mass that could form in either or both of your kidneys.

Most times a person will have the stones without experiencing any symptoms of kidney stones. However, as they begin to travel to the bladder from the kidneys, one will likely begin to experience some severe pain.

Additionally, as they travel you might experience a block in urine flow or even bleeding, which can really bring on the onset of symptoms of kidney stones. What happens when kidney stones form is that the kidney's function is to clean the blood filtering out waste products and water, which produces urine. However, the urine contains crystals which can form kidney stones. Generally, a person never notices these crystals, unless it becomes so large that it blocks the urine flow out kidneys and body. If this occurs, you will then begin to feel the symptoms of kidney stones.

Symptoms of kidney stones include fever, chills, and a burning like sensation while urinating.

You may also experience the urge to urinate frequently, vomiting, and nausea. Your urine might be smelly, cloudy, or bloody, as well as experiencing extensive pain in the groin, rib, or back areas.

Of course these symptoms of kidney stones can also signify instances of a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) or cystitis, which are generally more common in people than suffering from a kidney stone.

To determine the cause of symptoms of kidney stones your doctor will like do a series of test to identify the stones, determine the location, identity, and size of the stones. These test will likely include blood tests to test for the presense of chemicals, urine analysis looking for the chemicals, xrays to view the stones, an IVU (Intravenous Urogram) which is a special x-ray to view the stones when normal x-rays are not enough, or an ultrasound.

If you are found to have kidney stones, the treatment recommended will depend one the cause and type of the stones. In most cases, surgery is not needed, your doctor will have you drink lots of water, as well as exercise to pass the stone. If the stone cannot pass, infection, blockage, or kidney damage occurs, surgery will likely be necessary.

You can work to avoid kidney stones and symptoms of kidney stones by drinking plenty of water daily, avoiding excess levels of calcium such as those found in green leafy vegetables or dairy products. You should also watch your intake of poultry, fish, and meat, which could lead to instances of uric acid kidney stones.

Comments and Discussion

Questions and AnswersHave Your Say: We welcome relevant discussions, criticism and your unique insights. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved. NOTE: We do not verify information posted in the comment section.




Newsletter

     What will I receive?
Finance icons
Information
for low income singles, families, seniors and disabled. Programs include grants, home ownership, vehicle modification loans, personal loans and scholarships.