Kidney Stones: Symptoms and Signs
Kidney stones are a painful condition caused by the formation of hard mineral deposits inside the kidneys. If left untreated, kidney stones can cause kidney failure. Here are six symptoms of kidney stones that you shouldn’t ignore:
1. Pain in the sides, back, or abdomen
Kidney stones usually cause pain on the left or right side of your body. The level of pain depends on where the stone is located. It can be felt in the sides and back if the stone is in the kidney or in the front pelvic area if it falls into the urethra. The pain typically comes in waves and is relieved temporarily or with medication.
2. Pain during urination (dysuria)
People with kidney stones can experience pain or a burning sensation while urinating. Dr. Srivastava adds that there may be accompanying urgency, which means the patient feels an urgent need to urinate.
3. Blood in urine (hematuria)
Visible or microscopic bleeding in the urine is a symptom of kidney stones. This is because the stones cause discomfort inside the kidney or ureter. This bleeding is usually associated with pain on one side of the body and is an indication of a kidney or ureteral stone.
4. Fever or chills
If you have a fever and kidney stones, seek medical help immediately, as this may indicate a serious complication.
Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms of kidney stones, especially if the stone is lodged in the ureter and obstructs the flow of urine.
6. Recurrent UTI
Stones with a smooth surface can trigger a urinary tract infection. If there is any obstruction in the flow of urine, the infection may worsen, causing recurrent UTIs.
Seeking Medical Help
It is important to consult a doctor if you suspect that you have kidney stones or experience symptoms associated with them. A healthcare professional can evaluate your condition, provide appropriate treatment, and offer advice to prevent future stone formation.
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