By: Kayla Holmes
Kidney stones can be a frightening diagnosis to hear. These are often regarded as painful, uncomfortable, irritating, and scary. The possibility of passing it naturally or going through surgery can cause a great deal of stress. Let’s discuss what kidney stones are, the signs to look for, and how we can help you get the care you need.
What are kidney stones?
According to the Mayo Clinic, “kidney stones (also called renal calculi, nephrolithiasis or urolithiasis) are hard deposits made of minerals and salts that form inside your kidneys.”
Kidney stones can be caused by a wide range of things like medications and supplements, diet, certain chronic illnesses, and body weight.
How can I tell if I have a kidney stone?
Some kidney stones can be passed without the patient even knowing. However, when there is a stone too large to pass or a significant build up of salts and minerals, there may be signs that you need to see a specialist.
Who do I need to see and what are my next steps?
You will want to call a urologist as soon as possible. There are various labs or imaging that can be ordered. If the pain and discomfort is too intense, visit your closest emergency room or urgent care for evaluation. After seeing urology, they may refer you to a nephrologist to discuss the cause and prevention methods.
If you suspect you may have a kidney stone, seek medical help as soon as possible. Nephrologists and urologists are here to help find the cause and treat the symptoms. As always, stay safe and healthy.
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