Eight Signs You May Have Kidney Stones

Although some of these kidney stone symptoms can get confused with other ailments, if two or more of them show up you should talk with your doctor as soon as possible
Eight Signs You May Have Kidney Stones

Last update: 08 May, 2021

Do you think you might have kidney stones? The kidneys play an important role in the detoxification of the body. Although we don’t realize it, they work day and night to filter and remove an important part of the waste that travels through the blood. Because of this, when they are having difficulties working at their optimal level, the mineral salts and other chemical components form crystals popularly known as kidney stones.

It’s a condition that can cause obstructions in the urinary tract, interfering with urination and resulting in strong pain that can affect one’s quality of life. While the size varies between patients, it’s important to eliminate them in order to avoid infections and bigger health problems.

For this reason, today we want to use this space to share eight symptoms that can help to make detection easier so that you can get treatment as soon as possible.

Signs you may have kidney stones

1. Frequent and painful urination

Frequent urination is a sign you may have kidney stones.

Changes in urination habits must always be considered an alert signal for urinary system difficulties. 

  • Continuously feeling like you need to urinate, accompanied by pain in the lower stomach, can indicate that you have kidney stones. Pain usually occurs when there’s a complication from renal lithiasis.
  • Generally, the amount of urine decreases, but you continuously feel bladder spasms
  • The pain tends to be intense when the kidney stones move from the bladder to the urethra

2. Back pain

While it’s common to confuse this symptom with a muscular problem, it’s important to consider it can also be caused because of the presence of kidney stones.

  • Acute pain, especially on one side of the back, is frequent among those who have obstructions due to these crystals
  • This can manifest itself forcefully, however they can also travel from the lower abdomen to the back
  • Sometimes it produces waves of throbbing pain and sensitivity

3. Nausea and vomiting

A woman vomiting in the toilet.
Nausea may also occur as a consequence of an intestinal infection or heavy digestions.

We know that nausea and vomiting tend appear when we’re suffering from problems related to digestion. However, when they’re frequent and are accompanied by the previous symptoms, the best thing to do is see your doctor as soon as possible.

  • These symptoms tend to come about when the stones have increased in size, causing blockages in the urinary tract
  • They appear because of the kidney’s difficulties to get rid of body’s waste

4. Bloody urine might be a sign you have kidney stones

Be very careful! This symptom should be evaluated by a doctor as soon as you notice it.

  • Urinating blood alerts to issues with the functions of the kidneys or serious infections
  • In the case of the stones, it can be described and pink, red or brown urine
  • It’s more frequent when the stones begin that the urethra is blocked
  • Not to be confused with menstrual bleeding in the case of women

5. Urine with heavy odor

Thick urine is a sign you may have kidney stones.
Drug package inserts usually report when one of the adverse effects is a change in urine coloration.

Poorly functioning kidneys, whether because of stones or insufficiency, cause urine to have a strong odor. You can notice it as soon as you urinate.

The bad odor starts because of the toxins retained in the system. These are not eliminated optimally because of the blockage. This situation can also cause bacteria growth which can cause infections.

Note: it’s important to keep in mind there are foods and medications that can cause bad odor in urine.

6. Inability to sit down

Patients that do not control their kidney stones in time can feel an uncomfortable sensation of pressure when they are sitting.

  • The growth of these crystals blocks the urinary tracts. Normally, this causes tension and pain in the abdominal and lumbar areas.
  • The symptoms decreases when you are standing. However, you should take care of them immediately since it shows that the condition is getting more serious.

7. Fever and chills

A person checking if they have kidney stones.
The digital thermometer has become one of the most widely used thermometers. It’s safe, effective and inexpensive.

When you don’t take care of the kidney stones in an opportune matter, they gradually reduce the activities of the kidney. Then, the probability of contracting urinary tract infections becomes more likely.

  • Appearance of a fever or chills, even if just periodically, indicates that this problem is facilitating the attack of germs in the system
  • The increase in temperature starts out slowly. However, it makes it evident that the condition is getting worse.

8. Inflammation might be a sign you have kidney stones

The accumulation of mineral salts and toxins in the kidneys produce an inflammatory reaction in the system, even when the stones are small.

  • It’s normal for the affected person to notice mild inflammation on both sides of the body, right where the kidneys are located
  • If the problem is worsening, this bloating will spread to the abdomen and groin.

Are you worried you’re suffering from this renal problem? If you identify with some of the mentioned symptoms, consult your doctor as soon as possible. Get the necessary assessment for this condition.

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