Warning Signs You May Have Kidney Stones
Our kidneys perform an essential and vital role in our metabolism and overall health. They help filter the blood and water used by the body and expel unwanted substances through the urinary tract. An unhealthy diet, or not consuming enough water along with food, can stress the function of your kidneys and cause potentially serious health issues.
The kidneys and urinary system can be sensitive to changes in diet or how much water is consumed compared to the amount of food. Occasionally, you may experience some discomfort or stinging when urinating. Usually, this goes away on its own, especially if accompanied by more yellow urine, increasing your water intake may help.
One of the most common problems of the urinary system is the development of kidney stones. When pain or stinging sensations during urination become severe and do not seem to disappear, it may indicate kidney stones or another health concern.
Along with the pain during urination, kidney stones also often cause other symptoms. Although they can vary significantly in size and shape, kidney stones can cause extreme pain in the back area, which comes in waves, even when not urinating. This pain may also be radiant through the groin and abdomen.
As kidney stones begin to grow and affect kidney function, you may also feel waves of nausea that may cause vomiting. If your urine starts to look dark or cloudy, or you notice blood while urinating, it is important to see a doctor right away.
The symptoms of kidney stones mimic many other urinary issues and conditions of your kidneys. A urologist specializes in kidney function and can accurately diagnose the issue to begin prompt treatment. Although kidney stones can cause significant pain, they are easily treated and often cause no lingering health concerns.
If you are having pain or discomfort while urinating, or want to learn more about improving and maintaining kidney health, Dr. Shridharani and his staff can help. Call the office in Chattanooga, TN at 423-778-4636 or visit www.drshrid.com to schedule an appointment today.