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What should you expect if you've been diagnosed with kidney stones?

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What you should expect if you've been diagnosed with kidney stones:

If the pain isn’t bad, your doctor may take a wait-and-see approach and hope you pass the stone on your own. A medication called tamsulosin (Flomax) relaxes the ureter to help pass the stone.

You might need sound wave therapy or surgery for stones too large to pass or those causing damage.

Your doctor may want to look at the stone once it's out of your body. Knowing what’s in the stone may help your doctor stop you from getting another one.

From: How Do I Know If I Have a Kidney Stone? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Kidney Foundation: “Kidney Stones.”

Mayo Clinic: “Kidney stones: Symptoms,” “Preparing for Your Appointment,” “Tests and Diagnosis.”

Urology Care Foundation: “How are Kidney Stones Diagnosed?” “How are Kidney Stones Treated?”

Beaumont Health System: “Diagnosing Kidney and Ureteral Stones.”

RadiologyInfo.org: “General Ultrasound.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

SOURCES:

National Kidney Foundation: “Kidney Stones.”

Mayo Clinic: “Kidney stones: Symptoms,” “Preparing for Your Appointment,” “Tests and Diagnosis.”

Urology Care Foundation: “How are Kidney Stones Diagnosed?” “How are Kidney Stones Treated?”

Beaumont Health System: “Diagnosing Kidney and Ureteral Stones.”

RadiologyInfo.org: “General Ultrasound.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

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