Experiencing aches and pains in your back, stomach, or side? Has what first started as a dull ache turned into a severe pain that has stopped you in your tracks? Don’t let a little stone slow you down, and don’t try to fight through the pain without having your symptoms and body examined.
Are you suffering from kidney stones? While it requires the care of an experienced urologist to diagnose your issue, there are common symptoms that may have led you to believe that your pain is stemming from kidney stones, which is a very painful and problematic issue.
Kidney stones are also a very common condition. Although a trip to the hospital is often your last resort, over 500,000 people each year in the US visit emergency rooms due to issues related to kidney stones (1). By taking action before kidney stones take you to the emergency room, you can avoid the pain and costs of an emergency visit and prevent any long-term damage from taking place.
Note: If you have severe pain or are vomiting, blood is in your urine, or there are other symptoms that you believe are due to an infection, you should immediately see a physician.
Ready to learn if kidney stones are the source of your pain? Ready to put your concerns and discomfort behind you?
If you know someone who has passed a kidney stone, they’ve likely told you about how painful that experience was. It’s hard to know how severe this pain can be until you’re experiencing something similar. However, pain isn’t the only consequence of having kidney stones.
The following are all common symptoms of patients who are dealing with kidney stones:
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When you’re attempting to pass a kidney stone, it can feel like a pool ball is moving through your urinary tract. While stones can vary in size and get quite large, a stone as small as a grain of sand can cause significant discomfort.
Kidney stones are not grains of sand or pool balls; they are mineral deposits that harden, similar to rocks. These deposits form inside your kidneys, which is why they are called “kidney stones.” When they develop, they need to find a way out of your body. Since your urinary tract system was only designed to transport fluid out of your body, a stone has a very difficult and rough trip.
There are four types of kidney stones that can develop in your system, including:
Each type of stone has a different cause. Calcium stones, which are the most common stone, results from eating foods that have a high level of oxalates (soy, nuts, seeds). Uric acid stones, typically only found in men, stem from gout, consuming a large amount of fish, or chemotherapy. Struvite stones result from bacteria or yeast, and rare cystine stones develop from the acid of the same name that can leak from your kidneys.
Stop the wincing and straining and prevent the emergency hospital visit by visiting Urology One to have your kidney stones addressed as soon as possible. If your symptoms are caused by kidney stones, the Urology One team will work with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
Common treatments, which will be discussed with you in detail during your appointment, include Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy, Cystoscopy, Ureteroscopy, and Shock Wave Lithotripsy (SWL).
We are caring, experienced urologists with decades of experience learning, researching and treating urological issues, including kidney stones.