If you've had a kidney stone once, you're at an increased risk for another one. A urologist is frequently involved in deciding whether you'll need an extensive medical evaluation, including testing the amounts of various minerals in your urine, to assess further risks of stone formation.
If your kidney stone is small, it may pass out of your body on its own within a few days or weeks. Your health care provider will likely ask you to drink lots of water -- 2 to 3 quarts a day -- and prescribe a pain...
Waves of sharp pain in your back and side or lower abdomen The pain may move toward the groin or testicles.
Inability to find a comfortable position. People with kidney stones often pace the floor.
Nausea and vomiting with ongoing flank pain
Blood in the urine
The frequent urge to urinate
Sometimes an infection is also present, and may cause these additional symptoms:
Fever and chills
Cloudy or foul-smelling urine
How Are Kidney StonesDiagnosed?
Because the symptoms of kidney stones can also be signs of other urinary problems, your doctor will confirm that you have a kidney stone with blood and urine tests. Imaging studies may also be used to examine your kidneys and urinary system including:
Intravenous pyelogram (IVP)
X-ray called a "KUB" for kidneys, ureters, and bladder
Call Your Doctor About Kidney Stones If:
You suspect that you have a kidney stone
You're experiencing waves of sharp pain in your back, side, abdomen, or groin
You're experiencing any pain or difficulty with urination