Kidney Stones 101
The Patient's Guide To Understanding Kidney Stone Disease

Causes of Kidney Stones

Preventing Kidney Stones

Symptoms of Kidney Stone

Kidney Stone Removal

Calcium Kidney Stones

Cystine Kidney Stones

Struvite Kidney Stones

Uric Acid Kidney Stones






Kidney stones may sit dormant in the kidney for a long time without causing any pain.  This is sometimes called 'silent stones', but when the stone start to travel from the kidney to the ureter this is when the pain starts.  The ureter is the tube that run from the kidneys to the bladder. When the stone is traveling through the urinary system, it is important that it does not obstruct the ureter otherwise the urine flow could become blocked.  If this happens, your doctor will mostly place a flexible plastic tube called a stent in the ureter to keep it open.

Onset of kidney stone pain will be sudden abdominal pain which in most cases radiates through to the lower back or to the groin area if the stone is close to bladder.  Abdominal pain may be accompanied with vomiting, fever or chills.  If any of these happens it would advisable to go to the nearest emergency room.  Once at the room, you may be examined for other conditions to confirm that you do indeed have a kidney stone.  After the X-rays come back, showing the presence of a kidney stone, you may be given fluid and pain medication through an IV.










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