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Common Signs and Causes of Kidney Stones

Diagnosing and Treating Kidney Stones at Advance ER

According to the National Kidney Foundation, more than half a million people visit an emergency room for kidney stones each year. In fact, it is estimated that approximately one in 10 people will experience a kidney stone at some point in their lives.

At Advance ER, our team is highly experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of kidney stones. Kidney stones occur when certain chemicals in the urine become highly concentrated and form crystals. These crystals accumulate and eventually form hard masses, known as “stones.” Stones can range in size from a grain of sand to the size of a golf ball and larger, resulting in pain and other uncomfortable symptoms.

While the exact cause of kidney stones is unknown, research suggests that dehydration, genetics, and diet may all play roles in their development. Treatment for mild to moderate kidney stones typically involves pain relief medications, greater fluid intake, and changes in diet, while some severe types of kidney stones may require more aggressive treatments (such as lithotripsy or even surgery) to remove them from the body.

If you believe you or a loved one may be experiencing discomfort related to a kidney stone, don’t hesitate to visit Advance ER. We can be reached at (214) 494-8222 24/7.

How to Spot a Kidney Stone

It is important to speak with your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms suggestive of kidney stones or other abnormalities connected to kidney health. Kidney stones may not cause any symptoms until they move around in the kidney or pass into your ureter (the tube connecting your kidney to your bladder). When this happens, some people may experience abdominal pain, an urgent need to urinate, nausea, and/or vomiting.

Other symptoms of kidney stones also commonly include:

  • Bloody or cloudy urine
  • Pain in the lower back or on either side of the body
  • Full-body aches/fatigue

If you develop a fever in tandem with any of these symptoms, seek care immediately, as severe fevers can indicate signs of infection.

Risk factors for developing kidney stones include:

  • Various medications
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Certain conditions (such as gout or urinary tract infections)

Urologists examine patients for signs of kidney stones during physical examinations and use imaging tests like ultrasounds or CT scans to diagnose them. Treatment options for kidney stones vary depending on the size and type of stone; some may pass naturally with sufficient fluid intake, while others may require medication to help break up the stone. In more severe cases, some stones may also require surgical removal.

To prevent kidney stones, the Urology Care Foundation stresses the importance of drinking lots of water throughout the day and reducing sodium intake. Eating a balanced diet with enough calcium can also help reduce risk of developing kidney stones. The American Kidney Fund recommends avoiding high-sugar foods that contribute to stone formation. Additionally, making sure you’re getting regular exercise throughout the day helps keep urine flowing and prevents minerals from forming crystals in the kidneys.

Visit Us for 24/7 Emergency Services

At Advance ER, our experienced team is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment for kidney stone issues. You can expect quick and responsive care every time you visit. Don’t wait! Contact Advance ER today if you think you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of kidney stones. Contact us at (214) 494-8222 to learn more.