If you have heard one thing about kidney stone symptoms, it is probably the excruciating pain part. Kidney stones can be asymptomatic also which is not uncommon. Here are eight signs and symptoms that you may have Kidney stones.
Kidney stones in the urinary tract are formed in several ways. Calcium can combine with chemicals, such as oxalate or phosphorous, in the urine. This can happen if these substances become so concentrated that they solidify. Kidney stones can also be caused by a build-up of uric acid.
Kidney stone(s) pain usually starts in the flank (side of upper abdomen), then travel towards pelvis as it travels down the ureter.
Long term obstruction due to stone can cause permanent kidney damage.
If you have ever had a run-in with kidney stones, then you have also had a run-in with a relative/neighbour/obnoxious over-sharer who has the home remedy that fixed them right up and different treatments and theories. And while unsolicited after-dinner medical advice may sometimes sound reasonable, there is a lot you need to know about your own kidney stones before you start deciding. If you feel continued pain or any other symptom as mentioned above, consult your doctor.
Few Factors which lead to kidney stones.
Anyone can get a kidney stone, but some people are more likely than others to have them. Men get kidney stones more often than women do. Kidney stones may start small and not cause any issues at first. However, kidney stones can grow larger in size, even filling the inner hollow structures of the kidney. Keep these factors in mind to live a healthy life and healthier kidneys.
Kidney stones giving troubles?
Know when to see your Urologist. If you are worried about your symptoms and think you may have kidney stones, do not hesitate to call, and make an appointment. You should especially seek a urologist if you experience pain so extreme that it is hard to move or get up or if you have blood in the urine.
The treatment for a kidney stone depends on the size of the stone, what it is made of, whether it is causing pain and whether it is blocking your urinary tract. If your test results show that your kidney stone is small, your doctor may tell you to take pain medicine and drink plenty of fluids to help push the stone through your urinary tract. If your kidney stone is large, or if it is blocking your urinary tract, these additional treatments may be necessary.
This treatment uses shock waves to break up the kidney stones into small pieces. After the treatment, the small pieces of the kidney stone will pass through your urinary tract and out of your body with your urine. This treatment usually takes 45 minutes to one hour and may be done under general/Spinal anaesthesia, which means you will be asleep and unable to feel any pain.
The success of this treatment ranges to less than 65% and lowest considering other treatment options and most of the times require multiple sittings in a gap of few weeks
Flexible Ureteroscopy/Retrograde Intra-renal surgery (RIRS)
This treatment is done under general anaesthesia/Spinal anaesthesia. The doctor uses a long tool shaped like a tube to find and break the stone into small pieces. If may need to be broken into pieces. In this case, a laser will be used to break the stone into pieces that are small enough to pass through your urinary tract.
In rare cases, a surgery called percutaneous nephrolithotomy is needed to remove a kidney stone. Percutaneous nephrolithotomy is a procedure used to remove kidney stones from the body when they cannot pass on their own. A scope is inserted through a small incision in your back to remove the kidney stones. During the surgery, a tube will be inserted directly into your kidney to remove the stone. You will need to be in the hospital for one to two days to recover from this treatment.