What Is A Kidney Stone?
Kidney Stones (AKA nephrolithiasis) are solid build-ups or minerals that comprise of salts that have taken many years to form in your kidneys.
Urologists will tell you that this build-up has many symptoms, most common of which are the ones you both hear of, and see on tv – a man having to pee out rather large stones out of their penis. Not a pleasant experience at all. And people who have gone through this will agree.
Over the years, minerals inside of you bladder crystalize and form together. There is nothing that can be done to prevent this. In terms of lessening the pain, you can have surgery to remove the kidney stone instead of manually urinating it out. Though most people opt the latter option in order to prevent going under. Urology has been at the forefront of this issue for some time, and see a medical specialist will help you understand better exactly the situation that you’re dealing with.
However, these stones can sometimes get lodged and caught in your urinary tract – this is when it becomes an issue and surgery from a Urologist is mandatory. This is when you cannot pass the stone simply by drinking lots of water and taking pain medication. You need to go under the knife and have a Urologist surgically remove the stone. You can learn more about other Urological issues by visiting this page.
Most kidney Stones are undetected by the person who carries it until it leaves the kidney and starts moving down the urinary tract. This is when it becomes detectable because the patient will almost immediately start experiencing pain in their stomach.
- Pain starts instantly inside of stomach
- The pain is located near crotch and in lower back
- These feeling fluctuate
- Pain whilst urinating
- Sometimes blood will appear in urine
- Urine smells very bad
- The patient feels sick and can vomit
- Always feeling the need to wee
- Patient can get a fever and start to experience a drop in body temperature
It is important to know that as the kidney stone moves through the urinary system, the pain will fluctuate. The urinary shrinks and widens depending on the organic liquid is passing through. So as the kidney stone passes through thinner tunnels, it will naturally inflict more pain as it is being pushed into the soft squishy walls of your intestines. And yes, it does hurt as much as it sounds like it hurts. So it’s important to know when to see a Urologist.
When To See A Urologist
You should absolutely contact a urological expert when you start experiencing the below symptoms regularly.
- Sever uncomfortable pain that doesn’t allow you to sit still or keep moving
- Fluctuating body temperature
- Discolored urine with blood and orange liquid or puss sometimes
- When it hurts too much to urinate
PLEASE NOTE: these may also be the signs that an STD is setting in, so you have to go and see a Urologist in order to get this diagnosed.
What types of kidney stones can a urologist find?
- Calcium stones. Most stones inside a kidney are made of calcium. This is due to the fact that many Australian people have a high intake of milk in their diet and as sich, calcium deposits easily build up and cause kidney stones to appear
Understanding Kidney Stones
Kidney Stones are something that tends to build up naturally in the kidney. As long as they stay inside the kidney, then they do not usually cause any pain. However, if they travel out of the body in urine, then some people may experience pain then.
Many people find that they experience no symptoms when they pass a kidney stone because they were lucky and the stone was small. Some people experience sudden and intense pain in their groin, side, tummy or back. The pain may be severe enough to cause nausea or vomiting.
In some cases, if the stone gets stuck in the urinary tract then a sufferer may notice that they have blood in their urine. They may find that they experience the urge to urinate more often, and the stone may lead to an increased risk of a urinary tract infection. The pain and other symptoms associated with a kidney stone are similar to the pain that may be experienced from other conditions – such as an ectopic pregnancy in women.
Both men and women can suffer from kidney stones – and it is important that you seek medical advice if you notice any of the symptoms because while kidney stones are usually harmless, there is the risk that the symptoms are associated with something else more serious.
What Increases Your Medical Risk
Kidney stones are formed if your diet contains a large amount of uric acid, calcium or oxalate and you do not have enough fluid to dilute those substances. In addition, kidney stones may form if your diet is deficient in substances that would prevent the crystals from being able to stick together.
Typically, kidney stones are made of calcium oxalate, which is a substance that is found naturally in food, and that the body makes itself as well. You may be at more risk of suffering from kidney stones if you are taking seizure medications such as Topamax, or if you suffer from migraines.
There are other stones – such as uric acid stones, which are produced if someone fails to drink enough fluids, or if someone eats a very high protein diet. There is a genetic element to the risk of developing uric acid stones, and these stones are associated with gout as well. Gout is more common in men than in women.
Dehydration And Obesity
Dehydration, obesity, and high protein or high sodium diets can all increase your risk of suffering from kidney stones. If there is a history of these in your family then you may be more at risk of developing them. In addition, if you have had a kidney stone once already then you are at a greater risk of developing more kidney stones in the future.
The good news is that these stones can usually be managed, and you can often prevent them from drinking lots of water and by managing your diet. Some medical conditions can increase your risk of suffering from them, but usually, they can be prevented with care.