Kidney stones are hard collections of salt and minerals that often consist of calcium or uric acid. They form in the kidney and can move to other parts of the urinary tract.
There are different sizes of kidney stones. Some are very small, but others can be up to a few centimeters in size. There are kidney stones that can grow and even occupy the entire kidney.
A kidney stone occurs when too many of certain minerals in your body accumulate in your urine. If you are not sufficiently hydrated, your urine becomes more concentrated with a higher content of certain minerals. When the mineral content is higher, a kidney stone is more likely to form.
Approximately 1 in 11 people in the United States gets a kidney stone. Stones are more common in men, overweight people and people with diabetes.
Kidney stones are usually unbearable. Most stones pass by themselves without treatment. However, you may need a procedure to break or remove stones that don’t give.
Here are 7 warning signs and symptoms that you may have kidney stones:
1. Burns while urinating
When the stone has reached the connection between the bladder and the ureter, you begin to feel pain. Dysuria is what your doctor might call such a situation. It is a burning or sharp pain.
Usually patients confuse kidney stones with urinary tract infections. Sometimes you may have an infection along with the stone.
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