If wake up in the middle of the night feverish with your lower back hurting, and your abdomen in a painful, swollen and tender condition. And what’s worse; when you get up to use the bathroom, it is so painful to urinate that you think you might die.
This problem occurs, when a small speck of calcium (from your urine) forms in the kidney or the ureter and more minerals stick to it to form a tiny stone that many patients describe as so much terrible than giving birth.
If you have kidney stones, you’ll likely know it soon enough. There are however, several early warning signs that can alert , of the formation of a kidney stones early on…
Frequent & Painful Urination
Those with kidney stones get an overwhelming persistent urge to urinate, accompanying pain, which will occur if the kidney stone is moving from the bladder into urethra. This passing is highly painful and it often causes a Urinary Tract infection as well.
Spreading Back Pain
Severe pain is common to those suffering from kidney stones, particularly in the back and side, just below the ribs (where the kidneys sit). The pain can also travel from the lower abdomen to your groin and into your back in fluctuating waves of throbbing pain and tenderness.
Blood in Urine
The urine of those suffering from kidney stones is often described as colored (pink, red or brown ). As the stones grows and block the urethra, one may begin to notice tinges of blood (a condition referred to as hematuria) in the urine.
Nausea & Vomiting
Feeling nauseated or sick to your stomach can be so severe with kidney stones that you will vomit. This occurs for two reasons. Firstly, vomiting may occur due to the extreme pain that comes with passing a kidney stone. Secondly, because the kidneys help eliminate waste, if they are dysfunctional or blocked due to kidney stones, vomiting may be the only other way to rid the body of toxins.
Pungent Smelling Urine
Those with kidney stones may notice, along with discoloration of the urine, that their urine appears cloudy or foul-smelling, which is due to the hard chemicals (or toxins) in the urine that stay in the body and crystallize to make up the actual stone.
Inability to Sit
If the kidney stones are large and aggravating, the patient will be unable to sit or lay down in a comfortable position due to the pressure on that area. This is why many people afflicted with kidney stones often stand up and pace.
Fever & Chills
If kidney stones are left untreated, they will often be accompanied by a mild to high fever and chills. This is likely due to a urinary tract infection (or UTI) and the patient should see a doctor immediately.
Kidney & Abdominal Swelling
Larger kidney stones can block the flow of urine, causing the kidneys to swell painfully. The kidneys are located on both side of the body underneath the diaphragm near the lower back and you may notice inflammation of this area or in the area of the abdomen and groin.