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How can you tell if you have kidney stones?

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In brief: History and testing

Kidney stones cause pain as they travel down a tube into your bladder.
The pain is typically very severe (as bad as child birth) and usually on one side of your tummy and often felt in the groin (and in the balls if you are a man). I suggest that you look at this link http://www.healthline.com/health/kidney-stones.

In brief: History and testing

Kidney stones cause pain as they travel down a tube into your bladder.
The pain is typically very severe (as bad as child birth) and usually on one side of your tummy and often felt in the groin (and in the balls if you are a man). I suggest that you look at this link http://www.healthline.com/health/kidney-stones.
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Dr.

In brief: Kidney stones

The stones can be in the kidney or the ureter. Usually the ureteric stones are the painful ones as they give pain because of the blockage of the urinary path.
Usually present with Acute onset of pain in the kidney area with radiation to the groin and some times to the genital area. Can be associated with nausea, vomiting. People may have blood in urine which may not be visible to naked eye.

In brief: Kidney stones

The stones can be in the kidney or the ureter. Usually the ureteric stones are the painful ones as they give pain because of the blockage of the urinary path.
Usually present with Acute onset of pain in the kidney area with radiation to the groin and some times to the genital area. Can be associated with nausea, vomiting. People may have blood in urine which may not be visible to naked eye.
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In brief: You do not miss it

Pain from kidney stones is called renal colic.
the pain comes from obstructed ureter and typically is sudden onset sharp severe and radiates from your flank into the groin. Pain is "colicky" which means it comes and goes but there can be an underlying constant pain also. It can be associated with nausea and vomiting. The urine may be darker than normal to gross blood.

In brief: You do not miss it

Pain from kidney stones is called renal colic.
the pain comes from obstructed ureter and typically is sudden onset sharp severe and radiates from your flank into the groin. Pain is "colicky" which means it comes and goes but there can be an underlying constant pain also. It can be associated with nausea and vomiting. The urine may be darker than normal to gross blood.
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Dr.

In brief: Pain

Hi JenniferM, usually the first signs of a kidney stone are pain and blood in your urine.
Usually the pain feels very sharp and can radiate into your groin. If your urine is pink to red, this can be a sign of blood in your urine, otherwise known as hematuria.

In brief: Pain

Hi JenniferM, usually the first signs of a kidney stone are pain and blood in your urine.
Usually the pain feels very sharp and can radiate into your groin. If your urine is pink to red, this can be a sign of blood in your urine, otherwise known as hematuria.
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Dr.

In brief: Symptoms, CT scan

Your symptoms may make you suspicious that you have kidney stones.
Pain on one side can be severe either in your flank or down to the labia. The waves of pain can last 20-60 minutes. Some people notice blood in their urine. Passing a stone or gravel in your urine is also possible. Nausea and vomiting. CT scan is the best test for diagnosis. Sometimes ultrasound is also used for initial diagnosis

In brief: Symptoms, CT scan

Your symptoms may make you suspicious that you have kidney stones.
Pain on one side can be severe either in your flank or down to the labia. The waves of pain can last 20-60 minutes. Some people notice blood in their urine. Passing a stone or gravel in your urine is also possible. Nausea and vomiting. CT scan is the best test for diagnosis. Sometimes ultrasound is also used for initial diagnosis
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In brief: Kidney stones

They can be painless .
Painful when the stone blocks the urinary passage. Can have blood in urine, visible or invisible. Usually needs CT scan for diagnosis.

In brief: Kidney stones

They can be painless .
Painful when the stone blocks the urinary passage. Can have blood in urine, visible or invisible. Usually needs CT scan for diagnosis.
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine

In brief: Pain and testing.

Assuming you're having symptoms consistent with renal colic (episodic mid-back pain in either side), an ultrasound of the kidneys would usually show the stones and the potential ramifications of such.
If this does not, a CT scan will generally show stones that are stuck farther down the ureter towards the bladder (these can be missed on ultrasound).

In brief: Pain and testing.

Assuming you're having symptoms consistent with renal colic (episodic mid-back pain in either side), an ultrasound of the kidneys would usually show the stones and the potential ramifications of such.
If this does not, a CT scan will generally show stones that are stuck farther down the ureter towards the bladder (these can be missed on ultrasound).
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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