Kidney Stones and Pain
As a fact of the matter, every one of us develop stones in our kidneys. But, these stones usually are pushed out of our body in the form of urine. While in some unfortunate cases, these stones might not be pushed out, instead they would tend to block the ureter (a tube connecting the kidney and the bladder) causing severe pain.
Pain caused by kidney stones can be very severe and acquiring immediate pain relief can be extremely tough.
Kidney Stones: Kidney stones vary in size. They can be as small as a tiny grain or as big as a pearl (could be even more larger in some cases). Calcium oxalate stones are the most common form of stones a person would develop. Uric acid, struvite and cystine are a few other types of stones that are found in kidneys. No matter what the size of the stone may be, the pain is common and can be excruciating.
Pain: Stones in kidney can be a hereditary problem or a Vitamin D supplement or in some cases, diet can also be a cause. Whatever the reason for the stone in your kidney, pain is the most common and the most discomforting symptom.
- The flank area in the front and the area in the back adjacent to the spine is where you would experience pain in the case of a kidney stone and the pain would persist no matter what until the stone is either blasted or allowed to drain out.
- You would start experiencing pain the moment a stone starts blocking your ureter not allowing the urine to pass. This causes the pain to pass up to the kidney which would lead to a swollen capsule which is extremely sensitive to pain in the kidney area. The pain from kidney stones is referred to as colic (pain in the form of waves). The pain can be so severe that a person would find it very difficult maintaining steadiness and also would experience nausea.
Treatment: Generally, over the counter medications are not very effective when it comes to treating pain from kidney stones. Tylenol, Aleve, Motrin Plus or Advil can be tried as a combination to treat mild pains. It is important to consult your physician about the dosage and in case the pain is severe, it is necessary to get the stones treated immediately. Often side effects like nausea, vomiting, constipation and drowsiness are experienced upon medication.
Kidney pains can be really tough to bear for everyone (especially in men). Intake of fluids and proper diet that restrain the growth of stones can help decrease the cases of pain from kidney stones.