Facts about Bladder Stones

Facts about Bladder Stones

Bladder stones are comprised of small masses of minerals. They can develop when the urine in your bladder becomes concentrated allowing the minerals in urine to become crystallized. There are numerous reasons why urine can get trapped in your bladder. This can be due to re-occurring urinary tract infections, an enlarged prostate, or the inability to completely empty your bladder.

In some cases bladder stones will not cause symptoms or problems. Often they are discovered as a result of testing for some other problem. When patients do experience symptoms these can range from blood in the urine to abdominal pain. Bladder stones can be left to pass on their own or they can be removed by a doctor. If they are left untreated, they can cause complications like an infection or blockage of the flow of urine.

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 Symptoms & Causes of Bladder Stones

If you begin to have symptoms like lower abdominal pain, frequent urination, or painful urination, then see your doctor right away. Other symptoms include dark colored urine or bloody urine. Patients with weakened bladder walls or damaged nerves may require more complex treatments.  Sometimes small kidney stones will travel down the ureter into your bladder and grow into bladder stones.

Other Causes of Bladder Stones

If you have had a stroke, spinal cord injury, diabetes, or herniated disk, this can lead to damaged nerves around the area that controls bladder function.  Neurogenic bladder sometimes occurs with diseases of the central nervous system such as Parkinson’s disease. In undeveloped nations, bladder stones are commonly found in children because of a poor diet and dehydration. Your age and sex can also be a factor.

If you’ve been having problems and are concerned about any symptoms, then it is best to see an experienced urologist. Dr. Nancy Lobby is the only female urologist serving the West Palm Beach area with staff that are mostly females. She has found that patients are more likely to open up and speak freely about their condition with female staff.

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Dr. Nancy Lobby is highly trained and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of female urological conditions. Her patients enjoy the extra attention and professional treatment they receive at All Women Urology.