PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What should you know about kidney stones?

ANSWER

Kidney stones are small. They can be as tiny as a grain of salt or as big as a corn kernel. You may not feel anything and never realize you even had one. But other times, you’ll know about it. That’s because flushing one out of your body as you urinate can hurt, sometimes enormously. That pain you feel as you pass a stone is the main sign that you might be taking in too much minerals and not enough fluids. That imbalance is one reason these pebble-like objects might form. The stones can be brown or yellow, and smooth or rough.

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

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 9/15/2019

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 15, 2019

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 15, 2019

NEXT QUESTION:

What does a kidney stone feel like?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.