Kidney Health and Kidney Stones - National Kidney Month

If you’ve been experiencing lower back discomfort, cloudy urine, or a persistent fever, you may be suffering from a kidney stone. Fortunately, getting the right kidney stone treatment can help you get back on track. This guide from MY URGENT CARE CLINIC - BOERNE explores what causes kidney stones, the kidney stone symptoms to watch for, and what you can do if you suspect this condition.

What Is a Kidney Stone?

A kidney stone is a hard deposit made of minerals and salts that form inside the kidneys. They can affect any area of the urinary tract, including the bladder. When urine becomes concentrated, minerals crystallize and stick together, forming “stones.”

What Causes Kidney Stones?

When determining what causes kidney stones, it’s important to note that there usually is no definitive, single cause. However, there are certain risk factors that could contribute to kidney stone outbreaks. These include family history, eating a high-protein diet, obesity, and previously diagnosed digestive diseases. Those who are chronically dehydrated are also more likely to develop kidney stones.

What Are the Signs of Kidney Stones?

While some kidney stones are as small as a grain of sand, others are the size of small pebbles. Generally, the larger the stone, the more kidney stone symptoms a person will have. Contact a medical professional if you’re experiencing any of the following signs of kidney stones:

Most of the time, a kidney stone will not cause symptoms until it has moved within the kidney or passes into the ureter. Once you are passing a kidney stone, the pain may come in waves or be persistent.

When Should I See a Doctor for a Kidney Stone?

Schedule an appointment with your doctor or visit an MD Now Urgent Care clinic if any of your kidney stone symptoms worry you. However, you should seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following:

Kidney Stone Treatment

The size and cause of the stone will determine what treatment is necessary. Here’s what to expect when receiving kidney stone treatment.

Small Stones with Minimal Symptoms

Most small stones that cause minimal symptoms do not need invasive treatment. You doctor may recommend pain relievers to ease discomfort while passing a kidney stone. Alpha blockers may also be given if you are having difficulty passing a stone naturally. These medications relax the muscles inside the ureter, which can help the stone pass.

Drinking 2–3 quarts of water each day also may help to flush the stone out of the urinary tract. You should be drinking enough fluid to produce clear or very light yellow urine.

Large Stones with Severe Symptoms

It is National Kidney Month. Your Kidney Health is important. Kidney stones are one kidney symptom that can quite painful and My Urgent Care can help you know the right treatment and get you the help you need. 

When a kidney stone cannot be treated with conservative measures, they may require more extensive treatment. Some of the procedures used to treat more serious kidney stones include:

While passing a kidney stone can be uncomfortable, pain can often be managed with the help of a doctor or at your nearest MD Now center. If you’ve noticed the signs of kidney stones, seek medical attention quickly—especially if your symptoms are severe. Getting the care you need will ensure a faster and more comfortable recovery.

If you suspect you have a kidney stone My Urgent Care can evaluate and direct your treatment.

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Author
Dawn Elder Business Development Director

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