One in 10 individuals will suffer from kidney stones at some point in their life. Composed of hard, painful mineral deposits forming inside the kidneys, these stones are both crippling and potentially chronic. Thankfully, patients can take action to reduce their chances of developing or redeveloping kidney stones by following a good diet, observing proper self-care, and adopting a comprehensive wellness plan. To that end, Living with Kidney Stones offers the most up-to-date information on this illness, paired with heartfelt insight from an actual kidney stone sufferer. Author Samantha Bowick has also written several articles to highlight all the important information one needs to know including the one below about knowing the early signs of kidney stones.
Early Signs of a Kidney Stone
Have you ever had a kidney stone? A kidney stone is a hard deposit that forms in the kidney from excess substances that are found in the urine. The pain can send you to the floor in an instant and is unforgettable. There are different types of kidney stones caused by different substances.
About one out of every ten people will experience a kidney stone sometime in their life. It’s important to know what signs to recognize.
Here are 7 early signs that you may have a kidney stone:
1. Repetitive kidney/urinary tract infections
2. Back or flank pain
3. Pain with urination
4. Unable to pass urine even though you feel like you could urinate
5. Blood or discoloration found in urine
6. Nausea and/or vomiting
7. Fever or chills (sign of infection)
It’s important to go to your doctor as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms.
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Samantha Bowick has a Master of Public Health degree from Liberty University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration at Columbia Southern University. She is devoted to using her education and experiences to advocate for people who suffer with endometriosis and other chronic illnesses. She currently lives in Aiken, South Carolina. She is also the author of Living with Endometriosis and Living with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.