Kidney stones are formed when salts, minerals, and other substances normally found in the urine clump together. They can be as small as grains of sand or, rarely, as large as golf balls.
While the stone is travelling through the ureter, which is the tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder, you will probably feel pain. The pain may be mild or very severe. You may also have some blood in your urine. As soon as the stone reaches the bladder, any intense pain should go away.
If a stone is too large to pass on its own, you may need a medical procedure to help you pass the stone.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Some changes in your diet may help prevent kidney stones. Depending on the cause of your stones, your doctor may recommend that you:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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