You wake up in the middle of the night feverish, your lower back hurts, and your abdomen is painfully swollen and tender. What’s worse; when you get up to use the bathroom, it’s so painful to urinate that you think you might die.
You, my friend, are likely one in 10-percent of North Americans with a kidney stone.
This excruciating condition occurs when a small speck of calcium (from your urine) forms in the kidney or the ureter (the passageway from your kidney to your bladder) and more minerals stick to it to form a tiny stone that many patients describe as so terrible its “more agonizing than giving birth”.
If you have a kidney stone, you’ll likely know it soon enough. However, there are several early warning signs that can alert you to the formation of a stone early on…
1. Frequent & Painful Urination
Those with kidney stones describe an overwhelming persistent urge to urinate, accompanied by pain, which will occur if the kidney stone is moving from the bladder into the urethra. This passing is very painful and it will often cause a urinary tract infection (UTI) as well.
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