Kidney stones are very common and can be very painful. They are small stones that form in the kidneys, made up of minerals and salts. They may produce no symptoms until they move into the urinary tract and can cause additional pain and complications. Some symptoms related to having kidney stones include, severe pain in the side or back of ribs. Pain during urination, pink or red urine, urinating more than usual as well as fever or chills.
Passing a kidney stone can be very painful but it usually doesn’t cause any permanent damage. However some stones can become lodged, requiring surgery. Several factors can increase the chance of getting kidney stones such as dehydration, digestive diseases, obesity and family history of kidney stones. Diets high in protein, sodium and sugar can also increase your risks.
If you feel you are experiencing symptoms related to kidney stones, contact us at your earliest convenience.