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A 46-year-old male asked:

Do kidney stones hurt?

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management 18 years experience
Can hurt like labor: Yes, but not always. The pain can be excruciating, unremitting, described by some as worst than labor pain. The larger then stone the more pain generally speaking. If the stone moves more likely to cause pain. Some have very large stones in their kidneys which is only noted incidentally on an unrelated imaging study, yet they have no symptoms at all.
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Dr. David Dang
Radiology 15 years experience
Yes: Kidney stones typically cause pain when they cause obstruction. This is when the stone sits somewhere in the ureter and cause the kidney to dilate. Stones that sits within the kidney and not causing the kidney to dilate may cause renal colic as well. Instead of causing the whole kidney to obstruct, it causes a small part of the kidney to obstruct (infundibulum–caliceal level) and can cause pain.
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Does your vagina hurt with kidney stones?

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Can occur: Pain from obstruction in the lower ureter may seem to be coming from the labia (vaginal folds).
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A 54-year-old female asked:

Those you body hurt all over when you have kidney stones?

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Dr. Carl Rosen
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No: Typically kidney stone pain is in back and radiates to the lower abdomen and testis.
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A member asked:

Is it common for your back to hurt with kidney stones?

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Probably: If the stone goes down the ureter you might get pain over the back (or flank) and down the groin. If you are known to have stones in the kidneys, it might stay for years there without causing trouble But it might get painful if it gets infected
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