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What can you do about a kidney stone?

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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 you pass the stone.

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

After the stone is out, your doctor may want to look at it to help prevent 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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