When you find out what is causing that nightmarish pain, it will be hard to believe something the size of half a grain of rice could be causing it! What are kidney stone symptoms? They are many, diverse and nearly always painful.
Kidney Stone Pain
Think you may have a kidney stone? Then these are some of the many symptoms:
The pain feet like you are being stuck in the side, back, genitals or groin Blood in your urine – the blood is evidence of damage to the lining of the kidney or urinary tract heck, sometimes you can barely pass a drop and the pain will bring tears to your eyes Tenderness to the abdomen or back Fever Appetite loss Vomiting and nausea Constipation or dirrhea Profuse sweating A general feeling of tiredness
They are devilish things!
What is a Kidney Stone Anyway?
A kidney stone is a crystallized mass contracting minerals, salts and calcium oxide that has accumulated in the kidney, often due to not drinking enough water. These salts and minerals usually flow out of the body as minute particles that we can not feel, but when there is a shortage of water passing through the kidneys, these minerals can not be flushed out regularly and accumulate as stones.
Kidney Stone Causes
There are many kidney stone causes, and middle aged men will suffer with a kidney stone far more often than women, and the problem may be genetic. One cause is not drinking enough water, and a kidney stone can also be caused by certain medications, especially antacids.
A middle aged male friend of mine was told it would cost $ 18,000 for the surgery – he has no health insurance in the US. He flew home to his own country, had it removed for under $ 2,000 and had a long recuperative vacation.
There are many way to treat them yourself easily if they have not done too much damage, they are not too large, and it has not caused an infection.
If it has to be surgically removed, these are the three most common methods:
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy
ESWL is performed under local anesthesia using X-Ray imaging and ultrasound scanning to find the stone. A lithotriptor then targets concentrated shock waves to break the stone up into small enough pieces that it can be passed down the urinary tract and excreted.
Ureteroscopic Stone Removal
Again, this is performed under local anesthesia. If the stone is found to be in the ureter, a cystoscope is passed up through the urethra and bladder. The stone is then either grabbed or broken up by a laser beam device on the end of the cystoscope.
Is a procedure where the surgeon makes an incision in the back and uses a nephroscope to either pull out the stone or break it up with laser or shock waves, and is done under local anesthesia.
Natural Treatment Options
Do not want to go through any of the last three procedures? Alleviate your symptoms naturally and find out how to get rid of them without expensive surgery.