We have all heard of kidney stones, but what are they really? Who is most vulnerable to these and what are the treatments available to getting rid of them?
What Are Kidney Stones?
To put it simply, kidney stones are hard, rock like stones. These stones are collections of salt and minerals, most commonly from calcium or uric acid. These stones are formed inside of a patient’s kidneys and travel throughout other parts of the urinary tract.
These kidney stones vary greatly in size. It is possible to have a stone that is so small you do not even notice its presence. On the other hand, it is possible for kidney stones to become several inches in size. In rare cases, some stones can become large enough to take the entire space of a kidney.
What Causes Kidney Stones?
Whenever your body begins to accumulate too much of certain minerals, such as salts, calcium, uric acid, and more, the stones begin to form in your body. If a patient fails to stay hydrated, their urine will become more concentrated with these minerals, which can lead to the formation of kidney stones. The higher these mineral levels become, the more likely it will be for a kidney stone to form.
Who Is Most Vulnerable For Kidney Stones?
Anyone can get a kidney stone. In fact, it is estimated that about 1 in every 11 people throughout the United States will get a kidney stone in their lifetime. While anyone can get a kidney stone there are some factors that put some people at higher risk for developing this problem. These factors include patients that are male, patients that suffer from diabetes, patients that are obese, and patients who do not drink enough water.
What Are The Symptoms of A Kidney Stone?
While it is possible for smaller kidney stones to go unnoticed by patients due to a lack of symptoms, this is not the case with larger stones. Kidney stones are most often extremely painful and categorized largely by this. Listed below are some of the most common symptoms for patients with kidney stones:
Intense Pain: The pain from a kidney stone can be found in the back, belly, and side of a patient. This pain has been categorized as one of the most severe, with some patients comparing it to the pain associated with childbirth or being stabbed with a knife. The pain typically starts when the stone begins to move into the narrow ureter.
Pain or Burning During Urination: Once the stone has traveled to the space between the ureter and bladder, patients may begin to feel pain when they urinate. The pain may feel sharp or may be a burning sensation. Often, patients mistake a kidney stone for a urinary tract infection.
Urgent Need To Urinate: If you feel a consistent and urgent need to urinate, this may be a symptom of a kidney stone.
If you think you may be suffering the effects of a kidney stone, contact Wellspire Medical Group today. Our team of doctors and medical specialists are here to help you get relief from your pain and treatment for your kidney stones as soon as possible.
Wellspire Medical Group
1702 FM 1960 Bypass Rd. East
Humble, TX 77338