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8 Signs You May Have Kidney Stones

There are few things as painful as passing a kidney stone. Some people compare it to giving birth. With around 600,000 kidney stone cases in the United States every year, let’s take a look at 8 signs you may have kidney stones.


Pain from a kidney stone comes on suddenly, and it’s so severe half a million patients visit an emergency room each year. Kidney stones are made of hard mineral fragments. They usually exit the body without any pain, however when they are too large to pass on their own, you get waves of pain as they move. You can feel the pain in different places and it becomes progressively worse.

The pain develops in your back and along your side below the ribs. It can also progress to your abdomen and groin as the stone moves down the urinary tract.

Peeing More Frequently

You will find yourself needing

a man holding his side pain.

 to urinate more frequently

 with a kidney stone. You may

 even find yourself needing to go urgently as the stone moves into your urinary tract. Many people think they have a urinary tract infection.

Pain And Burning When Urinating

It can be a sharp or burning pain. You may think you have a urinary tract infection.

Blood In The Urine

You will see red, pink, or brown in the urine with a kidney stone, but you may not be able to see it with the naked eye. This is known as hematuria.

Cloudy Or Foul Smelling Urine

This symptom could mean an infection in your kidney or your urinary tract. This is a serious condition if you also have a kidney stone.

Nausea And Vomiting

This is a significant sign of a kidney stone. It can happen from nerves causing an upset stomach, or it could be from the intense pain.

Fever And Chills

This is an indication of an infection and a serious complication of a kidney stone. Don’t delay to see The Urology Center of Colorado or visit the nearest ER if you know you’re trying to pass a kidney stone and develop fever and chills.

One Other Serious Symptom

If you can only urinate just a little, or you can’t urinate at all, this is a medical emergency.

Don’t wait to get medical care if you have pain in combination with the other symptoms. Contact The Urology Center of Colorado or visit the nearest emergency room.

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