Dr Sheetal Bhatia
Domlur, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
Kidney stones are not a new disease and you may have seen several of your near and dear ones having suffered from it. If treated in time, they do not cause any long term harm.
Kidney stones can often be confused with various other diseases so it is important to recognise the symptoms.
- BACK PAIN
Kidney stones are accompanied by a localized, non-descript form of pain that begins in the sides and back, just below the rib cage where the kidneys are located. The pain then travels from the lower abdomen to the groin and then lower back. The pain can last from a few minutes to a few hours, as per the size and location of the kidney stones.
- PAINFUL URINATION
When the stone reaches the bladder, you will experience painful urination, referred to as dysuria. This is often confused with a urinary tract infection so it is important to get a proper diagnosis.
- URGENT NEED TO URINATE
Once the stone moves to the lower part of your urinary tract, you may feel an urgent and a more frequent need to go the bathroom.
- BLOOD IN THE URINE
Blood in the urine, also known as haematuria, is a common symptom in people with urinary tract stones.
- CLOUDY OR SMELLY URINE
Healthy urine is usually clear and doesn’t have a strong odour. On the other hand, cloudy or foul smelling urine is a sign of an infection in the urinary tract or kidney.
- URINATING IN SMALL AMOUNTS
Kidney stones can cause a blockage in the ureter, causing you to urinate a little bit or completely stop the urination.
- NAUSEA AND FEVER
It’s common for people with a kidney stone to have nausea and vomiting along with fever and chills.