It’s midnight, and you suddenly wake up with a fever, severe back pain and a painfully swollen abdomen. The worst part is that when you get up to go to the bathroom, it’s so painful when you try to urinate that you think you might die.
You are probably among the 10% of North Americans who suffer from kidney stones.
This excruciating condition develops when a tiny grain of calcium (from your urine) forms in the kidney or ureter (the passageway from your kidney to your bladder) and more minerals accumulate there to form a small stone that causes so much pain that patients describe it as “more painful than a pregnant woman’s labor during delivery. »
If you have a kidney stone, you will probably notice it very quickly, but only if you pay attention to the following signs:
Here Are 8 Warning Signs of Kidney Stones :
1. Frequent and painful urination
Those with kidney stones describe having a persistent urge to urinate, accompanied by low back pain that occurs as the kidney stone moves along the ureter. This movement is very painful and could easily cause a urinary tract infection (UTI).