Symptoms Of Kidney Stones In Women

Symptoms Of Kidney Stones In WomenSymptoms Of Kidney Stones In Women

 

Having kidney stones is one of the conditions that women are prone to. If you know the symptoms, then you will also be able to treat it at the earliest.

 

According to Medline Plus, you may not have symptoms until the stones move down the tubes (ureters) through which urine empties into your bladder. When this happens, the stones can block the flow of urine out of the kidneys.

 

The main symptom is severe pain that starts suddenly and may go away suddenly:

 

  • Pain may be felt in the belly area or side of the back
  • Pain may move to groin area (groin pain) or testicles (testicle pain)

 

Other symptoms can include:

 

  • Abnormal urine color
  • Blood in the urine
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

 

Source: Medline Plus

 

If you feel that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of kidney stones in women, then don’t worry so much because there are treatments that you can actually opt for. According to an article in New York Time, treatment depends on the type of stone and the severity of your symptoms.

 

Kidney stones that are small usually pass on their own. When the stone passes, the urine should be strained so the stone can be saved and tested.

 

Drink at least 6 – 8 glasses of water per day to produce a large amount of urine. See also: Kidney stones – self-care

 

Pain can be severe enough to need narcotic pain relievers. Some people with severe pain from kidney stones need to stay in the hospital. You may need to get fluids through a vein (intravenous).

 

Depending on the type of stone, your doctor may prescribe medicine to decrease stone formation or help break down and remove the material that is causing the stone. Medications can include:

 

  • Allopurinol (for uric acid stones)
  • Antibiotics (for struvite stones)
  • Diuretics
  • Phosphate solutions
  • Sodium bicarbonate or sodium citrate
  • Water pills (thiazide diuretics)

 

Surgery is usually needed if:

 

  • The stone is too large to pass on its own
  • The stone is growing
  • The stone is blocking urine flow and causing an infection or kidney damage
  • The pain cannot be controlled

 

Today, most treatments are much less invasive than in the past.

 

  • Extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy is used to remove stones slightly smaller than a half an inch that are located near the kidney or ureter. It uses sound or shock waves to break up stones. Then, the stones leave the body in the urine.
  • Percutaneous nephrolithotomy is used for large stones in or near the kidney, or when the kidneys or surrounding areas are incorrectly formed. The stone is removed with tube (endoscope) that is inserted into the kidney through a small surgical cut.
  • Ureteroscopy may be used for stones in the lower urinary tract.
  • Rarely, open surgery (nephrolithotomy) may be needed if other methods do not work or are not possible.

 

Source: New York Times

 

If you feel any of the symptoms of kidney stones in women, it is always best that you try to see your doctor so that the proper treatment can be applied.

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