What to Do If You Have Symptoms of Kidney Stones

What to Do If You Have Symptoms of Kidney Stones

Some people have kidney stones and yet they don’t know it until the stone moves around within their kidney or passes into the ureter. This is when painful symptoms can occur. Symptoms may include but are not limited to:Kidney Stone

  • Severe pain in the back, below ribs
  • Pain that comes in waves & varies in intensity
  • Pain that spreads to the lower abdomen & groin
  • Pain with urination
  • Persistent urge to urinate
  • Cloudy or foul-smelling urine
  • Pink, red or brown urine
  • Nausea & vomiting

If an infection is present, then a patient may also have fever and chills. The pain of kidney stones can shift or increase in intensity when the kidney stone moves through your urinary tract. Generally speaking, if a patient has symptoms that are troubling or very painful, they should schedule an appointment with a urologist. This is especially true if an individual is experiencing nausea, fever, vomiting, blood in the urine or unusually painful symptoms.

Causes of Kidney Stones

Kidney stones usually don’t have a single, definite cause, but there are some risk factors that may put you at a higher probability. These include:

  • Family history
  • Dehydration
  • Certain diets
  • Obesity
  • Certain illnesses & diseases

Kidney stones are more common in adults over the age of 40, and men have a slightly higher risk of developing them than women. Patients who have undergone gastric bypass surgery may also be in the higher risk category under certain conditions.

Many people experience small kidney stones and these are often not a problem unless they block your kidney or cause other problems. They can be treated by a urologist or family doctor. Larger kidney stones that cause severe pain or kidney problems should be treated by a professional urologist.

If you are one of those people who sometimes deals with kidney stones, then speak to your urologist about ways that you can reduce your risks. By drinking more water, adjusting your diet and with other lifestyle changes, it may be possible to reduce your risk of developing kidney stones.

Call to Schedule an Appointment

Kidney Stones

If you’ve been having painful symptoms, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nancy Lobby at All Women Urology. Dr. Lobby is a skilled urologist who offers personalized care and state-of-the-art treatment for a number of illnesses such as kidney stones, urinary tract infection, and bladder and kidney cancer. Her highly skilled staff offers women a safe place where they can discuss their most intimate problems.