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Kidney Stone Symptoms- When Should You See a Doctor

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When the constituents of your urine begin to settle in the kidney, they can concentrate, solidify, and turn into stones over time.

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You won’t experience any pain for as long as the stones stay put in the kidneys. But as these concentrated lumps begin moving through the urinary tract, trying to get out of your body, you may experience intense, sharp jabs of stabbing pain in your lower abdomen.

The symptoms of kidney stones also match those of appendicitis, ectopic pregnancy, hernias, or prostatitis. That’s another reason why you should be aware of the most prevalent symptoms of kidney stones and get yourself checked as soon as you spot any.

Pain characteristic to a kidney stone usually starts in the lower abdomen or side of the lower back. It’s abrupt, lingering, and sharp. It also intensifies over time and can spread to the groin area as well.

Some people will experience constant pain. Some will feel the pain come and go in phases, each of which may last for a few minutes. The pain may change regarding intensity in both cases if the kidney stone is moving inside your urinary tract.

In men, the pain may migrate to their testicles and scrotum. They may face difficulty while urinating. Often, the kidney stone pain that has shifted to the genital region could mimic an STD.

Kidney stones can cause frequent and painful urination. At the same time, the consistency of your urine may change. If you notice a pink, red, or brown hue in the discharge, as opposed to clean or yellow urine, it could be an indication of kidney stones.

Hematuria, or blood in the urine, occurs when the stone gets trapped in your urethra while on its way out. The lodged stone violently brushes against your kidneys, or ureter, resulting in blood discharge as well as intense discomfort and pain. The degree of pain varies on the size of the stone.

Your urine can turn cloudy with a foul smell to it if you have a kidney stone. The stone can tamper with the usual functioning of your kidneys. With the toxic filter system under stress, a lot of unwanted impurities, that would’ve been disposed of via urine under normal circumstances, turn into crystals that are released in small parts with the urine and cause it to smell acidic.

If the kidney stones are tiny, they won’t cause enough trouble and may stay undiagnosed. However, they’ll still move through your urinary tract, scratch the walls, create small wounds, and initiate infections.

It would all come down to you being at high risk of catching urinary tract infections. High fever, pelvic pain, and chills will follow.

In case you pass a stone, the intense pain can induce nausea, even result in vomiting. Another reason for throwing up could be the inability of your kidneys in performing their filtering duties correctly, which results in an increased level of toxic elements in your bloodstream. Your body has to get rid of the excess toxins and vomiting becomes their way out.

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