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What does a kidney stone feel like?

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When you have a kidney stone, you may not have any symptoms -- that is, until the stone starts to stir. It can move around within your kidney or into your ureter, the tube that connects your kidney to your bladder. Symptoms can vary and can be mild or severe. The most common one is pain. You may feel it:

The pain can shift around in your body, from your belly or back down to your groin. This means the stone is making its way from your kidney through the ureter and closer to your bladder. When this happens, you are more likely to feel a burning when you urinate or have more urges to go.

  • In your side or back, below the ribs -- and the pain can be very intense
  • In your groin and lower abdomen
  • Come and go and get better or worse
  • As you urinate -- and you might have to go more often than usual

From: What Are the Symptoms of a Kidney Stone? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Kidney Fund: “What are the symptoms of kidney stones?”

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Kidney Stones.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Kidney Stones in Adults.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Kidney Stones.”

UCLA Health Kidney Stone Center: “Kidney Stone Symptoms and Diagnosis.”

National Kidney Foundation: “Kidney Stones.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “Kidney Stones.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 6, 2017

SOURCES:

American Kidney Fund: “What are the symptoms of kidney stones?”

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Kidney Stones.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Kidney Stones in Adults.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Kidney Stones.”

UCLA Health Kidney Stone Center: “Kidney Stone Symptoms and Diagnosis.”

National Kidney Foundation: “Kidney Stones.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “Kidney Stones.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 6, 2017

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