Pain is typically the first sign of a kidney stone. Known as ‘renal colic’, the pain usually begins when a stone moves from where it has formed into the urinary tract.

This causes a gripping pain in the back, just below the ribs. It can spread around to the front of the body and sometimes towards the groin.

Other symptoms of a kidney stone include:

  • blood in your urine
  • nausea and vomiting
  • shivers, sweating and fever, with cloudy or bad smelling urine if there is also an infection
  • small uric acid stones, which look like gravel, in your urine
  • an urgent feeling of needing to urinate.

If you suspect you have kidney stones, see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

Kidney stonesDetection & diagnosis
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