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What do Kidney Stones feel like

symptoms painKidney stones are formed usually from concentration of mineral salts that crystallize to stone like objects of indeterminate size and shape.  Mostly, renal calculus are calcium based, resulting from higher levels of calcium oxalic acid.  But, they are also known to be created from other materials.

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Pain from kidney stones is torturous in nature.  Most women who have had the misfortune of experiencing this pain equalize it to being in the labor of giving birth.  Signs that indicate the presence of stones within the kidneys can vary from individual to individual but pain is definitely experienced, mostly around the flank area.  The intensity may go from a dull achiness to the extreme degree of stabbing pain.

When an individual develops uncontrollable pain between the ribs and hip regions, he or she should seek medical attention as soon as possible, for this is a tell-tale sign of kidney problem.  If the calculus is tiny in nature, the person may experience no symptoms.  When the stones are tiny but multiple, they can obstruct normal flow of urine anywhere in the urinary tract system, causing infection and pain.  Sometimes, profuse sweating and paleness of the face may be noticed by the sufferer along with the fluctuating pain.  To an extent, smaller kidney stones pass out of the body on its own with time.

With obstruction of normal urine flow, urine tends to get accumulated leading to enlargement of the kidneys.  In such a situation, the individual may begin to observe nausea and vomiting.  If he or she further goes on to develop urinary infection, chills and fever may be noticed.  When the condition reaches this stage, the person may become weak and unsteady on the feet or while in action, walking may be difficult, and going about doing daily tasks becomes sluggish in nature.  Bending or reaching overhead may be almost impossible at times.

Pain with urination, urge to urinate frequently, and tinges of blood may also be observed by some.  It should be noted that kidney stones are not of smooth contour.  Some may have sharp edges that irritate the lining of the urinary tract while it passes out of the system.  These may even be the cause for bleeding, scarring, and damage all leading to chronic kidney diseases.

If you have a family history of renal calculi, lifestyle and dietary changes need to be worked on.  Ensure that the body is never left dehydrated for a long period of time and eat wholesome healthy food.  When symptoms do exist, they linger on and continue to remain unchanged, professional help is warranted.  Initially, medications are prescribed for pain control followed by pills that facilitate passing of stones through urine.  For larger stones, breaking them by shock waves or crushing with a surgical instrument may need to be performed to help wash them out off the body’s system.  Thus, while even a slightest pain is experienced around the lower back or hip area, consult a physician to rule out any body disorders as soon as possible.  Do not wait for the condition to worsen before seeking help.

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