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Sharp Pain on One Side of Lower Back: This type of pain may feel as if your abdomen is being split open with a knife from the inside out. If you are experiencing this symptom, you are more than likely in the middle of a full-blown kidney stone attack. Many people try to alleviate this pain by trying to find a position where the discomfort may dissipate. While some believe lying on the floor helps, others find relief by sitting upside down in a chair. Then, there are always painkillers, which make the symptoms manageable but are not a cure-all.

Other signs to look for are cloudy urine, a strange smell or usual color. For example, a deep orange tint to the urine is usually a sign of dehydration. In this case, it is best to quickly increase the amount of water and/or cranberry juice that you drink. If the more minor symptoms do not go away or you notice any unusual urine secretions, it is best to see a doctor as soon as possible.

Frequent, Urgent Urination/Inability to Urinate: Increases in the frequency or the urgency of urination as well as the inability to urinate my point to formation of stones. These problems tend to be the result of a stone moving through the ureter and towards the bladder. As it does this, it may cause pressure that makes you feel like you need to urinate frequently or it may lead to a burning sensation during urination.

Blood in Urine Stream: As a stone grows or travels downward, blood may become present in the urine stream or be detected through a lab test. Medically titled, Hematuria, the blood is the result of tissue damage inside the kidney or within the lining of the ureter as the kidney stone pushes its way through. If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned signs, such as pain, fever, or disorientation, it would be good to check your urine to see if you can detect any blood.

Medical history and Gender: Although women are just as likely to develop kidney stones, more men seem to suffer from this problem. Researchers also believe that a family history of kidney problems can significantly increase the chances of developing kidney stones. It is important to look into your own family history for any one else that may have experienced kidney stones. Finding out in advance can help you pinpoint your symptoms and get treatment more quickly. Preventive measures can also be taken:

  • Consider increasing your fluid intake, including water and cranberry juice.
  • Avoid excessive dairy consumption, particularly in the evenings.
  • Take precautions so that you never become severely dehydrated, especially if you have a physically demanding job or work in extreme climates. Be sure to drink a lot of water if this is the case.
  • Stay close to a bathroom because withholding urination for an extended amount of time does not help.

Other Notable Facts

Symptoms seem to also flare up late at night or early in the morning and tend to happen the least during the late afternoon. Researchers believe the reasons behind this pattern could be due to minimal urine output or constriction of the ureter during the early morning hours.

Quite often, when kidney stones do not move or are too small, they do not produce any obvious issues. Referred to as "silent" stones, severe problems could occur because they can be lodged in the ureter and possibly lead to kidney damage and toxic conditions in the blood.

The Importance of Diagnosis

It is important to identify warning signs because there are other possible consequences of kidney stones. Partial or complete kidney obstruction from a stone may lead to urine backing up in the blood, creating a potentially toxic combination called urea. The result could be damage to the kidney tubules, microscopic chemical plants that manufacture urine, and the related blood vessels. This situation leads to even more severe problems.

It is very important that a good kidney stone treatment should be started as early as possible to avoid any more problems or risks in the future.

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