Widespread pain in your lower abdomen, side, and back could indicate that you have kidney stones in your urinary tract. At Bayside Urology in Clearwater and Dunedin, Florida, urologist Cesar Abreu Jr., MD, and his team can evaluate your kidney stones and treat you to ease your symptoms and prevent new stones from forming. To learn more about kidney stones and available treatments, call Bayside Urology or book an appointment online today.
Kidney stones are small, solid masses that develop in your kidneys or elsewhere along your urinary tract. They’re made up of minerals and salts and often develop in groups of more than one.
If you get kidney stones, you eventually need to pass them to get them out. This can be a very uncomfortable process, but the Bayside Urology team can help reduce some of your discomfort and avoid more kidney stones in the future.
Kidney stones typically don’t cause symptoms until they break free and begin to move within your kidney or urinary tract. Possible symptoms of kidney stones are:
If you develop an infection because of your kidney stones, you might develop a fever alongside your other symptoms. You should book an appointment at Bayside Urology if you experience any combination of these symptoms, which might change as the kidney stone migrates through your urinary tract.
Kidney stones develop when you have excessive uric acid, calcium, or oxalate in your urine. These substances promote the formation of crystals when there is too much of them for your urine to dilute.
While there isn’t one specific cause, possible risk factors for kidney stones include:
The Bayside Urology team might perform a urine test, blood test, or imaging test to learn more about your body chemistry and your kidney stones.
Your kidney stone treatment focuses on relieving your symptoms and preventing symptoms in the future. The team creates your treatment plan according to the severity of your condition and the type of kidney stone you develop.
In many cases, kidney stones are small enough that you can pass them on your own without medical assistance. The Bayside Urology team recommends drinking 6-8 glasses of water each day to induce lots of urination, which can help you pass your stones. In some cases, they might recommend intravenous fluids.
The team may tell you to catch your stone in a strainer as it passes so they can use it for further analysis. Once they identify the type of stone (uric acid or struvite), they can prescribe an appropriate medication to help other stones break down and prevent new stones of the same type from forming.
Don’t wait to seek treatment if you have symptoms of kidney stones. For professional kidney stone diagnosis and treatment, call Bayside Urology or book an appointment online today.