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What are kidney stones symptoms and signs?

While some kidney stones may not produce symptoms (known as "silent" stones), people who have kidney stones often report the sudden onset of excruciating, cramping pain in their low back and/or side, groin, or abdomen. Changes in body position do not relieve this pain. The abdominal, groin, and/or back pain typically waxes and wanes in severity, characteristic of colicky pain (the pain is sometimes referred to as renal colic). It may be so severe that it is often accompanied by nausea and vomiting. The pain has been described by many as the worst pain of their lives, even worse than the pain of childbirth or broken bones. Kidney stones also characteristically cause blood in the urine. If infection is present in the urinary tract along with the stones, there may be fever and chills. Sometimes, symptoms such as difficulty urinating, urinary urgency, penile pain, or testicular pain may occur due to kidney stones.

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Comment from: IKES48, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 28

I've had kidney stones 5 times. Twice I had been told there was no stone (after CT scan and x-rays). Both of these times I went home in pain and about a week later I passed a stone at home. The last one was 3/8th of an inch. How they missed these stones is beyond me. The urologist had put his hands in the air and told me he didn't know why there was blood in my urine or why I was in pain and sent me home. I lived on Norco for days. I now take water pills and Rapaflo to help prevent them.

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Comment from: kidney stones hurt, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I had kidneys stones when I was younger, it felt worse than child birth. This was my second time and I felt like someone was taking my insides out. Plus with the vomiting and the pain I wanted to die.

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