Your kidneys are one of the most vital organs in the body. While you can live with just one of them, a day without your kidneys functioning at its optimum can lead to chaos within all your body’s vital processes. It regulates your blood pressure and gets rid of toxins from your body, two things that are critical to ensure that your body functions properly. For this reason, any kidney related symptoms should be immediately checked up with your doctor. This could be any pain in the lower back area (which is where the kidneys are located) as well as any symptoms related to urinary function.
One of the most common kidney related conditions are kidney stones. Kidney stones, as the name suggests is the formation of hard stone like, material that forms in the kidney. It could also be present in the urinary tract. According to statistics, about 5% of people develop a kidney stone during their lifetime. This is an alarming figure indeed. However, many people may develop kidney stones but may not even be aware of it as small kidney stones will simply pass via the urinary tract.
Kidney stones that are of considerable size and requires medical attention is detected quite easily as it announces itself to the patient with usually excruciating pain. This is just one of the kidney stone symptoms but there are numerous other symptoms to look for. The cause of kidney stones can sometimes be baffling as doctors have a hard time isolating the reason at times. Genetics are known to play a role in the formation of kidney stones. Your diet can also heavily influence the possibility of developing a kidney stone. There are different types of kidney stones. The type usually depends on the cause. The most common type is calcium stones but there are also other types that can form.
Kidney Stone Symptoms
We talked about pain being a primary symptom of kidney stones but there various other symptoms and warning signs that could indicate the presence of a kidney stone:
As mentioned above, this is the main symptom to look for. The pain is usually located in the area of the kidney. Your lower back, abdomen and the area surrounding as well as the genitals itself can feel very painful. The pain is usually not relieved when you change position.
- Pain during urination
When pain is experienced during urination, this is an indicator that the stone has traveled or was formed in the urinary system. You will continue to experience pain until the stone is passed via your urinary tract.
- Frequent urination
Frequent urination is also experienced because the stone may falsely trick your brain into thinking you need to pass urine.
- Bloody urine
Bloody urine is also a typical symptom of a kidney stone that has caused damage.
- Nausea and vomiting
Nausea and vomiting is a generic symptom that you may experience when having a kidney stone.
Kidney stones that are too large to be passed by urine may have to be surgically removed. They may be physically removed or shock waves may be projected at the stone to break it so that It can be passed via the urinary tract or removed easily.