(HealthDay News) -- Kidney stones are usually small crystallized masses that pass through the ureters -- the tubes that allow urine to empty into the bladder. They can lead to significant lower back pain and painful urination.
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The U.S. National Library of Medicine says possible treatment options for kidney stones include:
- Drinking lots of water or receiving fluids intravenously.
- Taking medication to help break up the stone, or taking medication to help manage pain.
- Having surgery, usually in cases where the stone is too large to pass on its own, or the stone is causing infection or tissue damage.
- Shock wave therapy to break apart the stone.
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