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What Are the Main Causes of Kidney Stones?

What Are the Main Causes of Kidney Stones?

Did you know? According to the National Kidney Foundation, it is estimated that one in 10 people living in the United States will have a kidney stone at some point in their lifetime.

What Is the Main Cause of Kidney Stones?

A kidney stone occurs when crystal-forming substances (like calcium and uric acid) stick together rather than dilute.

Kidney stones, then, are hard masses of those substances that form inside the kidneys. They may affect any part of your urinary system, including your bladder.

Risk Factors for Kidney Stones

  • You have had kidney stones before.

  • You don’t drink enough water.

  • You are overweight or obese.

  • You have a family history of kidney stones.

  • Your diet is high in protein, sodium and sugar.

What Are the Symptoms of Kidney Stones?

There are a number of signs that could indicate you are experiencing kidney stones, such as having cloudy or smelly urine, fever and chills, and pain in the back or belly.

Other symptoms of kidney stones include blood in the urine and the urgent need to go to the restroom.

Treatment of Kidney Stones

  • Increase fluid intake.

  • Take medications as prescribed.

  • Use OTC pain relievers as needed to alleviate symptoms.

  • Undergo a medical procedure in severe cases.

Do you think you might be experiencing the symptoms of a kidney stone? Visit one of our clinics today. No appointment is needed.