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Symptoms of Kidney Stones: Common Symptoms and Treatments

Posted Nov 17 2009 10:02pm

Tom Hanks, one of Hollywood’s leading men, has always been a favorite of mine when it comes to the movies from ‘When Harry met Sally’ all the way to ‘Angels and Demons’ that was released this year. But there’s one role that is laudable in my humble opinion, playing a corrections officer at Louisiana’s Cold Mountain Penitentiary in the movie, The Green Mile.

And no, this is not a artsy-fartsy review of Stephen King’s novel upon which the movie is based, but it was the first thing that came to mind as Tom fell to his knees while struggling with the excruciating pain while trying to pass urine (which is what we’re discussing here).

Well, to put it bluntly it’s like getting kicked in the balls, a knife in your back or whatever makes you go numb with pain!

And this will also remind you of the time you would go ‘ouch’ when you watch your favorite athlete taking an unexpected hit in the nuts. And all those delightful ball-breaking memories come flooding back…

Strange déjà vu, it seems.

And the experience of getting kicked in the nuts (Read: any trauma or illness in the pubic area) will change your life forever. And then you begin to contemplate your life as a man…

But I digress as we’re talking about kidney stones here…

Here’s a video that provides information on kidney stones.

Kidney Stones – Symptoms
Well, it’s pretty obvious to most of us (health-conscious or not) that when a stone is formed in your kidney, and passes through the urinary tract… you will know what pain is!

In most cases, the pain is either the dull, toothache variety at one side of your back or the sharp pain that occurs in waves and makes you feel like you’re being carved up by a gourmet chef in the abdominal region, not surprisingly leaving you in those tantric positions (that you see in these yoga classes) to ease the pain.

Either this is something you’ve learned off by second-hand experience (watching a loved one suffer) or have experienced it yourself first-hand. These situations you find yourself in is anything but gratifying, as you’ll conclude!

A couple of other common symptoms include:
1. Blood in your urine.
2. Fever
3. Vomiting
4. Urine that smells bad or looks
5. A burning sensation while urination

Now that we’re aware of the common symptoms, let’s look at the treatments that involve removing the kidney stones, and more importantly, the pain that gives it such a scary reputation.

Kidney Stones – Treatment
Depending on the seriousness of the patient’s condition, several options are available for treatment, and which will be recommended by your physician once they complete the urine tests that are required to make an accurate diagnosis.

Of the kinds of treatment to remove the stone, the simplest are to increase hydration levels as well as completely stop food that have are either caffeine-based or dairy-related products. In some cases, it works in removing the stone… and you’ve been lucky if you’re one of them!

But for the not so lucky ones, other procedures such as shock wave treatment, tunnel surgery, the Ureteroscope procedure as well as a full scale surgery are available to remove the stone as required.

And your physician will tell you which one is best for you so there’s nothing to worry about other than taking care of yourself.

As the introductory video to what a kidney stone is suggests that the chances of a person who has had a kidney stone in the past is more likely to get another one. What this suggests that it’s not enough to get yourself seen by a doctor but you have to ensure that you maintain a diet in order to ensure that it never happens again. And if you’re the types who doesn’t learn from experience, the pain should serve as motivation to maintain a decent diet through exercise and nutrition, ensuring that you will never have to go through another kidney stone emergency ever again.

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