Humanity has been familiar with the problem of kidney stones since 600 BC. Moreover, men are more at risk of getting this disease than women. Symptoms of this illness may be silent, but if stones move the signs will be severe and very painful. So, it’s important to be able to immediately recognize them and consult a doctor.
We at Bright Side have created a list of symptoms for you that indicate you have kidney stones. We suggest you carefully study them and, if necessary, take immediate action to solve the problem.
1. Severe pain
You can feel extreme pain in the belly, back, or groin. This happens when the stone begins to move and gets stuck in the narrow ureter creating pressure in the kidneys. As the stone moves, the pain can go from the back to the groin.
2. Changes in urination
There are several possible changes in urine due to kidney stones.
- A persistent and frequent urge to urinate occurs when the stone begins to move and reaches the bladder. This can also cause pain and burning sensations while urinating.
- The amount of urine may decrease, which is associated with stones that are stuck in the ureter. It can even completely stop the flow of urine.
- Blood may appear in the urine due to the presence of stones in the urinary tract. A bad smell may indicate that you have an infection in your kidneys, which can also cause cloudiness in the urine.
3. Chills and fever
Having a high temperature can mean that there is an infection in your urinary tract or kidneys. This can cause complications with kidney stone disease.
Nausea is usually accompanied by vomiting. This is due to the fact that the kidneys and gastrointestinal tract have a shared connection of nerves. These symptoms can also be the result of severe pain.
5. Feeling very weak or tired
Kidney function decreases if you have stones. Because of this, an accumulation of toxins can occur in the body. They can affect the way you feel. You might feel more tired than usual and experience severe pain, which can make you weaker.
Bonus: You are at risk if you…
- Don’t drink enough water
- Have relatives with kidney stones
- Eat a lot of sugar, sodium, and protein
- Take vitamin D and calcium supplements
How often do you visit your doctor for check-ups? Do you check your kidneys? You can tell us about it in the comments.
Illustrated by Polina Koshel for Bright Side