Kidney Stones

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Kidney stones are mineral and acid salt deposits in your kidneys. These small, hard stone-like formations can move to your bladder and be quite painful when trying to pass. Kidney stones can form when concentrated urine becomes crystallized and begins to stick together. Though painful, kidney stones don’t generally cause permanent damage. Usually medication and drinking lots of water can serve as a treatment for kidney stones. If you experience pain that is accompanied by fever and chills, blood in your urine or if you have difficulty urinating, call us to make an appointment.

Symptoms of kidney stones include:

  • Pain that spreads to the lower abdomen and groin
  • Pain during urination
  • Severe pain in the side and back
  • Nausea
  • Persistent urge to urinate
  • Pink, red or brown urine

Kidney stone risk factors include:

  • Family or personal health history
  • Being an adult older than 40
  • Dehydration
  • Being a male
  • Obesity
  • Digestive diseases