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  Shelby Leith   February 17, 2017   Kidney 1 Comment

The painful facts on kidney stones

If you are suffering from kidney stones and live in the Shreveport or Little Rock area, Velocity Care is here to provide you with the information you need

A kidney stone.One in 20 people will experience the symptoms of kidney stones at some point in their lifetimes, and this number has been steadily increasing over the past 30 years. Kidney stones can cause severe and sudden pain and often require urgent care. Here is information to help you if you are suffering from kidney stones.

What is a kidney stone?

Kidney stones are small, crystallized stones that form within the kidneys or in the urinary tract. The medical term for these stones is nephrolithiasis, and they occur when there is an imbalance in the minerals found in urine. When there is an excess of substances such as calcium, oxalate and uric acid, these minerals can stick together, causing stones to form and solidify. Stones can also form if there is a decrease in the amount of urine you produce or if you are suffering from dehydration. These stones can cause severe pain as they form, move around in the kidneys and pass through the urinary tract and out through the urethra.

What are the symptoms of kidney stones?

Kidney stones many not produce any symptoms at all if they are very small. As they become larger or start to move through the kidney or through the urinary tract, they can produce many telltale symptoms such as:

  • Lower back/flank/side pain.
  • Pain in the abdomen/pelvis area.
  • Painful urination.
  • Nausea/vomiting.
  • Frequent/urgent need to urinate.
  • Passing small amounts of urine.
  • Blood/cloudy-colored urine.
  • Foul-smelling urine.
  • Fever.

How is a kidney stone diagnosed?

Diagnosing a kidney stone is usually an easy and routine task for the staff at your Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center. Blood work and urine samples will indicate if there are excess amounts of stone-forming substances in your body, and an abdominal X-ray, CT scan or ultrasound will show if any stones are present. Your doctor may also have you urinate through a strainer to collect any stones that you are passing for analysis to help determine why your body is producing these stones in the first place.

What treatment options are available?

If you have a small kidney stone, your doctor may recommend that you pass it on your own without medical treatment. Drinking plenty of water to encourage urination is important, and your doctor may prescribe medication to help make passing the stone easier. If the stone is larger in size, your doctor may recommend a procedure called lithotripsy. This technique uses shock waves to break up the stone into smaller pieces to make it easier to pass from the body. In very extreme cases, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove the kidney stone.

Do you suspect that you may be suffering from the symptoms of kidney stones? With four conveniently located walk-in clinics in Louisiana and one in Arkansas, Velocity Care has the most up-to-date medical technology to provide you with optimal and efficient care. Our staff is fully trained to diagnose and treat you with the best procedure options available. Visit one of our urgent care clinics today.

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Medical disclaimer

This site offers medical, health, fitness and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. General information found on this website is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your health care professional.  If reading after hours, one option for treatment is to seek an urgent care or  walk-in clinic for medical advice. 

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