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Intense Pain Near Your Abdomen? It May Be Kidney Stones

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Renal concretions, commonly known as kidney stones are small crystal lumps of salt and other minerals.


About 5% of women and 10% of men have at least one episode of Kidney Stones before they turn 70. [1]


- Treatable
- Lab tests or imaging required
- The pain may reach the groin in men


The size of a concretion may range from being equal to a sugar cube to a ping pong ball. They may cause intense pain if they break and enter the ureters, the duct which leads to the bladder.


Symptoms


- Severe pain near the abdomen,
- Frequent or painful urination
- Blood in the urine
- Nausea and vomiting
- Discolored or foul smelling urine
- Chills and Fever


Small kidney stones may pass on their own without showing any symptoms.


Treatment


Self-care: Drink plenty of fluids and water. Avoid excessive salt and cut down on alcohol and smoking. Incorporate exercise in your daily schedule. The kidney stone may flush out on its own.


Medication:
Drugs for uric acid stones can be taken
- Diuretics medications can be taken for preventing stones from forming
- Medication for reducing acidity in urine
Anti-inflammatory and pain relief medication can be taken.


Make sure all the medications are prescribed by a doctor.


Surgical and Therapeutic interventions include:
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy which breaks up the stone to assist it passing through the urine.
- Tunnel Surgery : Involves making a small incision, and removing the stone.
- Ureteroscopy : Involves removal of stone using a ureteroscope.


Specialists:
Renal concretions can be effectively managed and treated. The right diagnosis is the key to receiving appropriate treatment. At mfine, you can consult our team of doctors, for professional advice at any stage of your medical issues.

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