Recognizing the Signs of Kidney Stones

Did you know that approximately one in 10 Americans will develop kidney stones over the course of their life? Both men and women are susceptible to kidney stones, with 19% of men and 9% of women experiencing this uncomfortable occurrence. 

Kidney stones vary in size and severity of symptoms, so if the stones are small enough, you may not even notice them until they move and cause pain or other complications. This is why it’s important to be able to recognize the symptoms and seek treatment.

What causes kidney stones?

There are multiple causes of kidney stones, including diet and lifestyle choices, genetic factors, and infections. Dehydration is also a common culprit. It’s possible that more than one of these is causing your case of kidney stones.

There are four types of kidney stones, all with different causes:

 

 

Recognizing the signs

The size and location of the kidney stones greatly affects the type and severity of symptoms you experience. The common signs of kidney stones include:

Treatment options

Conservative treatments such as drinking lots of water, taking pain relievers, and possibly taking prescription medications that relax the muscles in your ureter are recommended as the first course of action for small stones.

For larger kidney stones that aren’t able to pass on their own, one of our expert providers at Greater Hartford Urology Group may recommend extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL). This treatment method employs sound waves to break up the stones into small enough fragments so that they’re able to be passed through your urine. In the event the stones don’t react to ESWL, surgery may be necessary.

It’s important to be able to recognize the signs of kidney stones and get the appropriate treatment. If left untreated, kidney stones may lead to serious infection or kidney failure. If you notice any of these symptoms and suspect that you may have kidney stones, call one of our conveniently located offices in Hartford, Enfield, of Glasbury, Connecticut, or request an appointment through our website today

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