Kidney Stones: Small Things, Big Problems

Kidney stone formation is a condition that millions of men and women everywhere face daily. Sometimes, small kidney stones can go through your body with no pain at all. Unfortunately, there are instances where symptoms are more severe.

Reading the Signs

Kidney stones are small, rock-sized fragments in the urinary tract that are formed from minerals and “salts” that harden due to insufficient water and types of food eaten, etc. If you’re lucky, very minimal pain will occur. Often though, it can become a hindrance to your daily life. Sufferers can feel nauseous, may be unable to concentrate or be unable to sit, walk or lie comfortably without feeling extreme pain.

A common complaint is a feeling of intense, sharp pain on the side of your back or on your lower stomach. This could very well be a sign that large kidney stones have taken over. Other complaints include:

  • Urinating more frequently
  • Pain while urinating
  • Murky/unusual smelling urine
  • Blood in urine
  • Back/stomach pain that starts and stops frequently with growing intensity
  • Constant pain below the ribs

While a common method to dealing with kidney stones is to wait until they pass, for some the pain might prove to be a hindrance to daily activities. Though proper hydration, over-the-counter medicine, a low sodium diet and an overall healthy lifestyle can relieve pain, it is never a sure bet. For those looking for back pain relief from kidney stones, there is hope.

Assess and Administer

If you or anyone you know is suffering from kidney stone-related back problems, Total Pain Care can evaluate your problem and assemble a care plan that meets your needs. Get in touch with pain care professionals to learn more about the services Total Pain Care provides.