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6 Warning Signs of Kidney Stones

You might have heard of kidney stones before, but what are they, and how do you know if you have them? First, you should know the kidneys produce urine as they remove waste from blood, but once in awhile, the minerals in the urine stick together and form a hardened stone. Once that stone comes loose and tries to get into the ureter to enter the bladder, it can become stuck and cause extreme pain. Here are some common signs of kidney stones that you should be aware of.

Frequent Urination

If you suddenly have to urinate more than usual, this might be an early warning sign of kidney stones. This is because the stones can block the urinary tract so that urine gets trapped in the bladder. The result is that you never feel like you've fully emptied your bladder after urinating.

Blood in the Urine

When you have kidney stones, your urine might take on an odd color. It could be pink, red, dark brown or simply cloudy. This is often because there is blood in it due to the kidney stones damaging the lining of the ureter.

Painful Urination

Not only do you have to urinate frequently, but when you do, it's painful. The pain seems to be worse as the kidney stones try to move into the urethra from the bladder.

Severe Pain in the Back or Abdomen

One of the most telling signs of kidney stones is pain near where the affected kidney is. This means you might feel pain in your belly or your back, and it often radiates throughout the area and even into the groin. It usually comes and goes for anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours at a time.

Pain When You Sit Down

The pain you get from kidney stones may become worse when you sit. This is because you may be putting more pressure on the area that already hurts. For this reason, it's common for people with kidney stones to stand up or pace to get some relief from the pain.

Nausea and Vomiting

Sometimes the pain is so bad that you feel nauseous and end up vomiting. You might even get chills and a fever along with the nausea as your body tries to pass the stone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, contact Castellanos Family Practice in Covina, California.  Call (626)915-9992 to schedule an appointment today to get the early diagnosis and treatment you deserve.