Kidney stones, or renal lithiasis, is a common condition that occurs when small, hard pieces of crystallized material form in the kidney. Kidney stones typically pass through the urine without any serious problems. In some cases, they can become stuck in the tube that connects the kidney and bladder (the ureter). If this happens, it can lead to very serious complications, including kidney infection and kidney damage.
If you suspect that you have kidney stones in Central California, see your doctor as soon as possible, or visit your nearest emergency room for immediate medical care. At Dignity Health Central California, our doctors deliver the latest treatments with a philosophy of humankindness.
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Recognizing Kidney Stone Symptoms
Symptoms of kidney stones may not be noticeable if the stones are small or do not move from the kidney. Larger stones can cause discomfort, along with:
- Sharp or stabbing pain in the flank area of the lower back
- Pain that spreads to the groin or abdomen
- Blood in the urine
- Heavy sweating
- Difficulty urinating
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Understanding What Causes Kidney Stones
Calcium, uric acid, or amino acids are typically what make up a kidney stone. They start as very small specks of material in one or both kidneys and can grow in size. Your risk for getting kidney stones increases with:
- Urinary tract infection
- High blood pressure
- Being inactive for a long period of time
- Male gender
- High-protein diet
- Personal or family history of kidney stones
- Long exposure to hot climate or high altitude
Kidney Stone Treatment at Dignity Health Central California
If you have a large, painful kidney stone our doctors may recommend drinking plenty of fluids to flush the stone out, along with medications to help relax the ureters and to relieve pain. For a stone that has not passed, shock wave therapy may be used to crush the stone. For more information about treatment for kidney stones, meet with a doctor at Dignity Health Central California.
Dignity Health Central California delivers quality treatment for kidney stone pain in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.