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 kidney stones misdiagnosis.
Kidney Stones Misdiagnosis
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.
Why are kidney stones misdiagnosed? They can be misdiagnosed because the symptoms of a kidney stone and other illnesses are similar.
Here are five other types of illnesses that may be diagnosed instead of a proper kidney stone diagnosis:
1. Kidney or urinary tract infection
2. Bowel issues (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, gastritis, etc.)
3. Interstitial cystitis
4. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
5. Gallbladder malfunction
It is important that your doctor order a CT scan to see if you have a kidney stone and properly diagnose.
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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.