10 Common Symptoms of Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are small, hard deposits (almost like rocks) of minerals and acid salts that develop in your kidneys by sticking together in concentrated urine. They are extremely painful when passed through your urinary tract, but do not usually cause any permanent damage.

Kidney stones are common, with more than 200,000 cases diagnosed each year in the United States. Patients can take pain relievers and stay hydrated to help them pass stones. However, they may require surgery or other procedures to remove or break up larger stones.

Symptom 1: Pain While Urinating

Kidney stones make their way from your kidney through your urinary tract and closer to your bladder.

When this occurs, you are likely to have a burning sensation when you urinate.

Symptom 2: Urine Color

Going to the bathroom is just part of your daily routine. We pay little attention to our urine —unless it looks or smells different than usual.

Is your urine pink, red, or brown? If it is red or pink, that may mean there is blood in your urine – a symptom of kidney stones. If your urine is dark brown, that could be related to medications you take for kidney conditions.

Symptom 3: Foul Smell

Kidney stones can cause your urine to smell pungent. When your kidneys are not functioning properly, they do not get rid of toxins and chemicals.

According to Activebeat.com, “While it is normal for urine to give off a slightly bitter smell from time to time, there’s no mistaking or missing the kind of sharp stench that can occur if you have kidney stones. This odor occurs due to the presence of a heavy concentration of hard chemicals and toxins in the urine.”

Symptom 4: Nausea

Do you feel nauseated? Feel like vomiting? Nausea is caused by abdominal pain that comes with kidney stones.

According to Medical News Today, “The bacteria that cause the infection release a toxic gas that accumulates inside the kidney, causing fever, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, and confusion.”

Symptom 5: Severe Pain

Do you have severe pain in your side, back, below the ribs, and abdomen? The pain can be severe, sharp, and sudden. The pain can come in waves and fluctuate in intensity.

However, the pain is most severe as the kidney stones reach your bladder.

Symptom 6: Blood in Urine

A kidney stone can cause blood in your urine if your ureter, which carries urine from your kidneys to your bladder, becomes irritated. 

Blood can also be found in urine due to an injury, such as a fall or car accident, to your upper or lower urinary tract. Arduous exercise, such as running, may cause blood to show up in your urine due to jarring movements to the bladder. 

Symptom 7: Frequent Urination

With kidney stones, you may feel an urge to urinate more often than usual. Although, you may not release much urine. Also, if a kidney stone is quite bug, then it may block urine from passing.

In an online discussion forum focused on kidney stones, a patient stated: “I got diagnosed with having a kidney stone. My problem is that now, I have to frequently urinate a lot. After I stop one phase of urination, I feel the urge to quickly go back. Is this normal with having kidney stones? If so, in what time period will it end? Will it slowly go away, or quickly, because this is Irritating!!!!! I have another question, while this is going on, what can I do to reduce the urges? Also, can anyone of you share your experiences with this problem? I feel as if I am alone!!!!!!!”

Symptom 8: Sweating

When you try to pass a larger kidney stone, expect to sweat!

On the other hand, excessive sweating can lead to the development of kidney stones. So, you may want to avoid excessive exercise and hot tubs or saunas.

Symptom 9: Fever/Chills

When waste is unable to pass due to a kidney stone, the blockage can cause accumulation of bacteria.

As a result, you may get a high-temperature fever, 100.4 F or higher. You also may get chills and shiver.

Symptom 10: Less Urine

Normally, you should produce about 6.5 cups of urine each day, and make four to eight trips to the toilet.

When you have kidney stones, you will not produce as much urine, especially if a large stone is blocking the passage of urine.