Understanding Kidney Stone Symptoms Ch2
How Kidney Stones Form

Understanding your kidney stone symptoms begins with understanding how stones form.

Kidney stones are small stones that form when the fluid content of the urine is insufficient to keep the mineral content dissolved. When the mineral content increases, or the water and other fluids decreases, many people will form kidney stones.






When the excess minerals in your urine crystallize they often formed stones that are irregularly shaped and they have many sharp edges and corners.  As the stone moves through the urinary tract these sharp points may scratch or gouge the delicate surfaces causing pain and other symptoms.


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"when your stones are larger"

When the stones are very tiny they may be moved along by the urine and flushed out without causing a problem. But when your stones are larger they may cause kidney pain that is felt in the lower back, often right at the edge of your ribs where your kidneys are located.

As the stone moved out of the kidney and through the ureter it may cause flank pain that is felt on your side between your ribs and hip. As the stone moves through your urinary tract and gets closer to your bladder you may have an abdominal pain.

As the stone moves through the bladder and into the urethra you may have abdominal pain that migrates down into your groin.

"flush the stone out of your system"

How long your kidney stone symptoms last will depend on how long it takes for the stone to move through your urinary tract. A larger stone may move slower and cause more pain; a smaller stone will move faster and be less problematic.

Something else that can affect how long your symptoms last is how much urine you are producing. Large amounts of urine will fill your ureters, bladder and urethra and help to flush the stone out of your system. Drinking large amounts of water and other fluids will produce large amounts of urine and help prevent more stones from from crystallizing.

"constant moving and writhing "The Stone Dance""

Other symptoms of a kidney stone may include blood in your urine if the lining of your urinary tract is damaged. If the pain is severe you may have fever, or nausea and vomiting.

You may be unable to sit still, constantly moving and twisting, trying to find a comfortable position. Emergency room Physicians call this constant moving and writhing "The Stone Dance". It is one of the signs they look for when diagnosing kidney stones.

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