Kidney stones are hard collections of salt and minerals that often consist of calcium or uric acid. They form in the kidney and can move to other parts of the urinary tract.
There are different sizes of kidney stones. Some are very small, but others can be up to a few centimeters in size. There are kidney stones that can grow and even occupy the whole kidney.
A kidney stone occurs when too many of certain minerals in your body accumulate in your urine. If you are not adequately hydrated, your urine becomes more concentrated with higher levels of certain minerals. When the mineral content is higher, it is more likely that a kidney stone will form.
About 1 in 11 people in the United States gets a kidney stone. Stones are more common in men, overweight people, and people with diabetes.
Kidney stones are typically unbearable. Most stones pass by themselves without treatment. However, you may need a procedure to break or remove stones that don’t give.
Here are 8 warning signs and symptoms that you may have kidney stones:
1. Burns while urinating
If the stone has been able to reach the junction between the bladder and the ureter, you will start to feel pain. Dysuria is what your doctor can call such a situation. It is a burning or sharp pain.
Usually, patients confuse kidney stones with urinary tract infections. Sometimes you may have an infection along with the stone.