Last Updated on April 15, 2021
Kidney stones are stones that form inside our kidneys and can travel to other parts of our urinary tract. They consist of a mixture of minerals and salt prevenient from uric acid or calcium. Even though some stones might be painless and end up disappearing on their own, other ones can provoke a lot of pain and other symptoms that could only be treated with medication or even surgery. The main causes of kidney stones have to do with the accumulation of specific minerals in the urine, which happens when you’re not hydrated. Other causes can be related to the person’s weight or diabetes, which makes the patient more prone to kidney stones. So what are the signs of kidney stones? Keep reading to find out.
1. Nausea and vomiting
Kidney stones can cause a lot of pain. Vomiting and nausea can be associated with it. Some people faint when they’re in a lot of pain, others tend to puke or feel nauseous. This happens because there are shared nerve connections between our GI tract and our kidneys. So whenever there are stones in our kidneys, they can trigger our GI tract nerves that make us feel sick.
2. Urgent need to pee
If you feel like you need to go to the bathroom every 10 minutes, then something is not right with your body. Unless you have been drinking a lot of liquids or are suffering from a urinary tract infection, there’s no reason why you should be going to the bathroom as often. Kidney stones can provoke this type of symptom since these stones can and will move into your lower urinary tract. It almost feels like you have all this weight in your lower part that makes you want to go to the bathroom every other minute.
3. Going a small amount at a time
Unfortunately, kidney stones can also make you not want to go to the bathroom at all. This can be more dangerous because we need to release urine, but sometimes large kidney stones may block the urine flow by getting stuck in our ureter. This type of blockage is not healthy, of course, and if you notice you’re not peeing as often as you should or not peeing at all, then you should go to the ER right away.