Most stones pass with time but others get stuck and block the normal flow of urine, which can cause pain, infection and sometimes kidney damage. A procedure might be needed to remove some kidney stones.
THINK YOU HAVE A KIDNEY STONE?
Most people do not know they have a kidney stone until they are trying to pass it.
Some SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS to look for if you think you are passing a kidney stone include:
- Pain in your back and sides of your abdomen that can vary in intensity.
- Cloudy, discolored, foul smelling urine.
- Nausea and/or Vomiting
- Fever that may include chills.
These symptoms could mean you have a kidney stone that is trying to pass. You should make an appointment with your urologist as soon as possible.
You should seek emergent care if you are experiencing blood in your urine, unable to urinate, or severe pain plus nausea and vomiting.
Small kidney stones can be passed most of the time, but larger kidney stones often need to be removed surgically.
Consuming more fluids to stay hydrated and taking over the counter medication such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen can help. Dr. Speck can also prescribe other medications that will assist in the passing of kidney stones.
Large kidney stones can be treated in multiple ways depending on the size and type of stone.
- Sound waves can be used to break up the stones so that they are able to pass through the urinary tract.
- Using a scope to travel up the urinary tract to grab the small stone and remove it.
- Surgery to remove very large stones-a small instrument is inserted in a small incision in your back to remove the stone.
Dr. Speck uses imaging, urine tests, blood tests and analysis of passed stones to determine the best treatment plan for you.
It is always best to seek treatment for kidney stones and Dr. Speck will be able to provide you excellent care during this time.