You can do many things to help prevent a recurrence of kidney stones. Knowing the stone's specific mineral composition can help determine which preventive steps are most likely to reduce your risk of getting another kidney stone. Check with your health care provider before making any major changes in your diet, but these general guidelines may help.
Drink 2 to 3 quarts of liquid every day. Drinking plenty of fluid is probably the most important way to prevent future stones since this will...
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 Stones Diagnosed?
Because the symptoms of kidney stones can also be signs of other urinary problems, your health care provider 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 kidney-ureter-bladder X-Ray
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