Patient Comments: Kidney Stones - Symptoms

What were the symptoms and signs of your kidney stone?

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Symptoms and signs of kidney stones include intense pain that begins on the side of the low back and may radiate to the abdomen. Associated symptoms and signs include:

  • sweating,
  • vomiting, and
  • nausea.
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Comment from: Suzyq, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 29

When I had kidney stone I had intermittent pain in the center of my back. When I had the pain, it would be so intense that it would take my breath away. It felt like what I would imagine being stabbed with a knife would feel like. Very severe, sharp pain in my back. I also had pain in my left abdomen. I also had blood in my urine almost daily for several days and my urine had a different smell. I felt really tired and didn't have my normal energy.

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Comment from: Dan G, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 13

This was my second kidney stone. The thing that threw me off is that there was not nearly the same amount of severe pain that I experienced the first time. I felt a slight ache just to the left of my groin area. I thought maybe it was the beginning of a hernia. I went to a local urgent care and explained my symptoms and they wrote it off as a urinary tract infection. I was given Bactrim and that's it. Two days later the pain was not getting any better so went to the emergency room. They found a large 6.5 mm X 4.5 mm stone close to the entrance to the bladder. I went to the urologist. Ten days later it still did not pass and a ureteroscopy with laser finally broke up the stone. Lithotripsy was tried but did not work. It was impacted with tissue and was not going anywhere. Do not ignore any pain if you have had stones in the past. It's not worth it, better to be on the safe side.

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Comment from: Charlotte, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I hope I never again get kidney stones. The pain began on the left side all around the kidney area. I knew this wasn't a pain I had experienced before. It wasn't long before the pain became horrendous. I was violently sick and was also experiencing tummy cramps. TO cut a long story short the pain was excruciating, I couldn't walk, stand sit or lie, I just wanted to die. An ambulance was called, and after having some wonderful nitrous oxide I was able to get to the sofa. I have given birth naturally twice and this was right up there on the agony scale. The CT scan showed that the stone was at the junction of the bladder and urethra. This happened yesterday 9th February, but I still haven't passed it. All I can say is thank goodness for gas and air, morphine and rectal Voltarol suppositories.

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Comment from: Kole123, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

This is January 26, 2016. On July 20, 2015 I started having pains in right lower side and thought I had appendicitis. I went to the emergency room. It wasn't. Side and back are still killing me. I did have 2 small stones in my kidneys. They have done test and can't find anything. They did do exploratory surgery and found colon stuck to bladder, and scar tissue. Every morning I get up, I go urinate and start carrying fever and chills. I am at my wits' end. It's been so long I just wondering if stones can go this long. Pains seem to be getting worse.

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Comment from: Aki, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I was awakened by pain under the left side of my ribcage. It was a steady ache, about a level 3, with jolts of stabbing pain whenever I'd move the wrong way, or when the bus hit a bump on the way to the hospital. I had no urinary symptoms or fever, so I thought it was just trapped gas until it kept me up through 6 am. I'm glad I went to the emergency room; they gave me oxycodone and the first kidney stone passed relatively painlessly. They wrote me a prescription for oxycodone, and sent me home, where I'm waiting to pass the second one. Longest day ever.

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Comment from: Brendie69, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I started having pain in my lower abdomen all the way across. I had an x-ray that showed kidney stones but they had passed into my bladder. The doctor said they might not cause any problems unless they got infected. He said I could have them suctioned out. I then had an ultrasound to look at my gallbladder and I have a big gallstone. He said he didn't like the way it looked, but before I had it removed he said he would run another test to see how it was functioning. He said then if it wasn't he would advise me to get it laparoscopically removed.

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