Symptoms for kidney stones

Many kidney stones don’t move and are too small to cause symptoms. These are often referred to as “silent” stones.

If a kidney stone causes a blockage, or moves down the ureter, it may cause some of the following symptoms:

- pain or aching in the back on one or both sides,
-spasms of intense pain (anywhere between the bottom of the ribs and the groin),
-bloody, cloudy or smelly urine,
-nausea and vomiting,
-a frequent urge to urinate,
-a burning sensation during urination,
-fever and chills.

These can also be symptoms of a urinary tract infection, or cystitis, which is much more common in young women than kidney stones. Anyone who has one or more of these symptoms should seek medical advice.

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