So what do kidney stones feel like? Well there really is no rule regarding what kind pain you will feel when you are with kidney stones as many factors need to be accounted for to at least give a cursory answer to it. Each and every one of us has different thresholds with regards to pain and each kidney stone is different in size and composition to the next one, so gauging what pain you will feel really isn’t set in stone. But one thing is for sure, it is excruciatingly painful when your kidney stones decide to act up.
How Do Kidney Stones Form?
Kidney stones are basically stones in form and function. They are created from accumulated calcium crystals that form inside the kidneys where the urine is kept. There is usually no problem with kidney stones in the kidney up until it grows big enough to cause problems with the functioning of the kidney, and also when it falls into the hole where urine passes to be emptied out of the body, and then it causes severe pain to whoever has that happening to them.
The kidney’s responsibility is to remove waste products from the body and also of filtering blood, with urine being the byproduct. Body waste in the form of minerals and chemicals that are left in the area starts to join together as miniscule specs, which later grow bigger through the snowballing effect of adding layers upon layers of waste material being drawn to it. Kidney stones are also responsible with blood in the urine as well as excruciating pain felt in the groin, abdomen, flank, and other areas of the body.
Symptoms of Kidney Stones
Nephrolithiasis, the condition of having kidney stones, do have symptoms associated with it. Women’s symptoms are same as the men’s as apparently sexes are no delineation with regards to kidney stones. Here are the usual symptoms of kidney stones as stated by the American Medical Society.
- There are no symptoms if the kidney stones are still little
- Intense pain felt on the sides and back, usually below the ribs in most cases
- Pain that propagates from the lower body down to the groin area and into the legs
- Inability to urinate due to intense pain and blockage of urethra
- Differently colored urine very far from what’s normal, think of pink, red, brown
- Urine that is cloudy and offensive smelling
- Feeling nauseous and vomiting
- You will feel the need to urinate constantly
- Presence of fever and chills if there is also infection present with the kidney stone
Risk Factors of Kidney Stones
There are also several predisposing factors of having kidney stones. Some of them are listed below.
- Family history of kidney stones
- Being an adult and being male
- Not drinking enough glasses of water a day especially people in warmer climates
- Diets rich in proteins, fats, and sugars does increase one’s risk of developing kidney stones
- Being overweight or obese. The increase of the girth size is directly correlated to the incidence of kidney stones
How to Deal with Kidney Stones
- By the use of prescription pain medicines such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) to help deal with the pain.
- Home remedies for kidney stones like olive oil and honey, uva ursi herbs, dandelion root, pomegranate juice, basil, organic celery amongst many other things.
- Avoidance of foods that are known to cause or worsen kidney stones like certain kinds of meat and fishes, also with nuts and other foods that are high in protein, sodium, and oxalates.
- Drinking plenty of fluids every day to minimize the formation of kidney stones