When To Call a Doctor
Call a doctor immediately if you have symptoms that suggest you have a
kidney stone, such as:
Severe pain in your side, abdomen, groin, or
genitals. It may get worse in waves.
Blood in your
Signs of a
urinary tract infection, such as pain or burning when you urinate.
Call your doctor if you have been diagnosed with a kidney
stone and have another problem, such as:
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Severe nausea or vomiting.
Severe pain in your side in the area of your kidney
Call your doctor to find out if you need an exam when
Have been diagnosed with a kidney stone, and
you need a stronger pain medicine.
Pass a stone, even if there was
little or no pain. Save the stone, and ask your doctor whether it should be
Watchful waiting is a wait-and-see approach. If
you get better on your own, you won't need medical treatment. If you get worse,
you and your doctor will decide what to do next.
If you are
passing a kidney stone under your doctor's advice, you may be able to pass the
stone without medical treatment if you:
Can control your pain with medicine.
Know how to look for and collect kidney stones you
Do not have signs of infection, such as fever and
Are able to drink plenty of fluids.
Do not have
severe nausea or vomiting.
Who to see
If you need immediate help because of pain from kidney
stones, you may see an
emergency medicine specialist.
Health professionals who can diagnose and treat
kidney stones include:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic
Making the Most of Your Appointment.