Do I have a kidney stone? How to tell if it’s an emergency?

10% of people will develop a kidney stone in their lifetime and half of those experience kidney stones will have a recurrence. The cause of kidney stones is unknown and they can grow in an unpredictable fashion.

What is a Kidney Stone?

Kidney stones are made of substances normally found in the urine. Formed by a substance found in urine, kidney stones are at type of crystal that can cause pain, infection and in some cases, kidney damage. Little is known about what causes kidney stones, and over time, the small stones can pass out of the body, undetected along with urine. Large stones can obstruct the ureter, causing sudden and severe pain.

Do I have a kidney stone?

In addition to severe pain, common symptoms of kidney stones include:

  • Nausea
  • Flank Pain or Pain in your Side
  • Frequent Urination and/or UTIs
  • Blood in the Urine

Kidney Stone Emergency?

Kidney Stones can be life threatening. You should seek immediate medical attention if you are experience the following symptoms:

  • Intolerable pain
  • Consistent Burning or blood during urination
  • A consistently high fever above 101.5
  • Persistent Nausea and/or vomiting

If you are experience any of the above symptoms, please call 9-11 or visit our emergency department to seek medical attention immediately.

What type of treatment is available for kidney stones?

At Retreat Doctors’ Hospital we are proud to combine the expertise of our emergency medicine physicians with our board-certified urological specialists and advanced technology to ensure our patients receive the possible care.

Treatment options include pain management and allowing the stone to pass by itself. We will work to get your pain under control as quickly as possible. Some pain can be treated and managed at home, and in some cases, your doctor can determine whether pain medication is necessary.

For larger kidney stones, the urological experts at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital will surgically treat and remove the kidney stone. Treatment decisions are based on the size of the kidney stone and the location in the urinary system.

If you do not meet the criteria to go to the emergency room, but still suspect you have a kidney stone, please contact us to make an appointment. Our experienced urologists can help you manage your pain and keep you healthy.