How Do You Know If You Have Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones occur when high levels of specific substances occur in the urine form a solid material in the kidney. When these substances are found in lower levels, they do not cause problems. Kidneys stones may travel through the urinary tract or stay within the kidneys. They can occur in varying sizes and smaller stones may be able to pass by themselves with very little pain. Larger stones, however, can get stock somewhere along your urinary tract, blocking the urine flow and causing bleeding or severe pain.


How Do You Know If You Have Kidney Stones?

1. Judged by Symptoms

Some people will not experience symptoms of kidney stones until the stone begins to move within the kidney or enter the ureter. When this occurs, symptoms will occur, but the pain associated with it can shift in location or intensity.

Some of the symptoms include fever and chills (in case of an infection); frequent urination; persistent need to urinate; nausea and vomiting; urine that is foul-smelling or cloudy; urine that is brown, pink or red; pain when urinating; pain that varies in intensity and comes in waves; pain that spreads down to the groin and lower abdomen and severe back and side pain (below the ribs).

2. Estimated by Its Types

Knowing what type of kidneys stone you have can help you take steps to reduce your risk.

3. Decided by Diagnosis and Tests

Diagnosis and tests are the most accurate way to know whether you have a kidney stone.

When to See a Doctor

If you have any signs of kidney stones that cause your concern, you should visit the doctor. You should also see them immediately if you have problems urinating; there is blood in your urine; you have pain that is accompanied by fever and chills or nausea and vomiting or your pain makes it impossible to get comfortable.

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