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What Are the Symptoms of Kidney Stones?

The location of the stone and its progress through your urinary tract can affect the type of symptoms you experience. Many people describe the feeling of kidney stones as a sharp pain on one side of their back or lower abdomen. The pain often starts abruptly and then lingers, becoming more intense over time. The affected area can also spread to include the groin area and lower abdomen

You may experience constant pain, or the pain may come and go in waves, sometimes lasting for a few minutes and then disappearing, only to resurface again about 10 minutes later. In some cases, the pain may last for a longer time while fluctuating in intensity. A change in the level of intensity may occur as the stone moves to a different position in your urinary tract.

Other symptoms

In addition to feeling severe pain in your back or side below your ribs, a number of other symptoms may also occur with kidney stones. One of the most common is problems with urination. This can include:

pain while urinating
urine that appears cloudy
urine that smells differently than it normally does
an urge to urinate more often than usual
Blood present in the urine due to kidney stones can also cause urine to appear brown, pink, or red.

You should see your doctor if you have pain with any of the following symptoms:


These symptoms may indicate that you have an infection.

You should also seek medical help if you have:

pain that becomes so severe you can’t sit, stand, or lie down comfortably
blood in your urine
difficulty urinating

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