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What are the signs and symptoms of kidney stones?

While some kidney stones may not produce symptoms (known as "silent" stones), people who have kidney stones often report the sudden onset of excruciating, cramping pain in their low back and/or side, groin, or abdomen. Changes in body position do not relieve this pain. The abdominal, groin, and/or back pain typically waxes and wanes in severity, characteristic of colicky pain (the pain is sometimes referred to as renal colic). It may be so severe that it is often accompanied by nausea and vomiting. The pain has been described by many as the worst pain of their lives, even worse than the pain of childbirth or broken bones. Kidney stones also characteristically cause bloody urine. If infection is present in the urinary tract along with the stones, there may be fever and chills. Sometimes, symptoms such as difficulty urinating, urinary urgency, penile pain, or testicular pain may occur due to kidney stones.

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Comment from: Jamacapier, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I"ve not experienced labor pains but with this 1st kidney stone yesterday, I sure can sympathize with mothers! In the ambulance I kept thinking I was experiencing appendix pain. After 7 hours in the hospital and an MRI and CT scan, I was told that I was the bearer of a 4 mm or 1/8th inch kidney stone! The attending physician discharged me with a suppository (indomethacin 100 mg) which includes morphine. You must hold it in for 30 minutes minimum. It was amazing how quickly the excruciating pain disappeared! The stone passed soon after because of the inflammation being toned down by the suppository.

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Comment from: iowaguy, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 05

I'm currently going through my second kidney stone passing. The first time, I didn't have any idea what hit me, just sudden, excruciating pain in my lower back, some nausea, and I went to the emergency room. This time, I've noticed a dull ache in the kidney area for about the last week to ten days and thought I was getting ready to go through the pain again. This morning I woke up, went to the bathroom, and was immediately hit with the familiar agony of a kidney stone leaving the kidney. The pain was intense, but after a couple hours and a couple of aspirins, it dulled to the point I could move and function. My third urination of the day brought about the first urine that showed signs of discoloring. It was an orangish color, not the brown/red of last time, so I'm hoping this stone is smaller than the 7 mm stone I passed last time. Outside of aspirin and water, I'm going to attempt to pass this without any medical intervention or prescription painkillers, more due to budget than willpower to tell the truth. Will update this later in the week after I expel it and let everyone know the rough size, how long it took to pass, and whether I was able to withstand it without medication.

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