Most kidney stones pass on their own, but those that don’t can get stuck, block urine flow, and cause extreme pain. Expert urologist Dr. Jenelle Foote diagnoses and treats kidney stones at Midtown Urology in Atlanta, Georgia. If you have symptoms of a kidney stone, don’t wait until complications arise: Call or book an appointment online today.
Kidney stones are solid deposits that develop in your kidney. They begin as microscopic particles in your urine that gradually harden into stones. Kidney stones can range in size from a grain of sand to a pearl.
Passing a kidney stone can be painful, but usually doesn’t cause permanent damage when the stone is detected early. Many men and women successfully pass kidney stones with nothing more than pain-relieving medication and plenty of water.
However, stones that pass out of your kidney and get stuck in the tube that connects the kidney to the bladder can cause excruciating pain in your low back and groin. Kidney stones that become stuck or don’t pass on their own require medical treatment.
You may not have any signs or symptoms of a kidney stone until it moves. At that point, you may experience:
According to the National Institutes of Health, about 1 in 10 people develop kidney stones at some point in their life. Kidney stones are most common in adults ages 30-45, with men being about three times more likely to develop them than women.
Certain factors can increase your risk of kidney stones, such as:
First, Dr. Foote performs a thorough physical exam and reviews your medical history. If she suspects you have kidney stones, she may suggest diagnostic tests, such as:
Then, she develops a treatment plan tailored to your specific condition. Depending on the size and location of your kidney stones, this may include:
If the stones don’t pass on their own, she may recommend surgery to remove them.
To find out if your pain is the result of a kidney stone, call Dr. Foote or book an appointment online for professional treatment.