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Symptoms of Kidney Stones

Usually the first sign of a kidney stone is intense pain in your mid-back or side. The stone irritates or blocks a section of your urinary tract. The pain may spread to your groin area and inner side of your thigh (depending on the location of the stone), and the sudden onset of pain may cause nausea and vomiting. The pain may come and go in waves. Those who are passing kidney stones often find it very difficult to find a comfortable position. There may also be pain with urination, urgency, or urinary frequency and some blood in your urine if the stone has irritated the surrounding tissue.

Kidney, Ureter, Bladder, and Kidney Stone
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Call your doctor if you are experiencing:

  • Extreme pain in your mid-back or side
  • Blood in your urine
  • Signs of infection, including fever or chills
  • Vomiting
  • Increased frequent urination or burning and pain as you urinate
  • Nausea

Revision Information

  • Kidney stones in adults. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/urologic-disease/kidney-stones-in-adults/Pages/facts.aspx. Updated January 28, 2013. Accessed April 16, 2013.

  • Nephrolithiasis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated March 22, 2013 . Accessed April 16, 2013.

  • Parmar MS. Kidney stones. BMJ. 2004;328(7453):1120-1124.

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