Pain is typically the first sign of a kidney stone. Known as ‘renal colic’, the pain usually begins when a stone moves from where it has formed into the urinary tract.
This causes a gripping pain in the back, just below the ribs. It can spread around to the front of the body and sometimes towards the groin.
Other symptoms of a kidney stone include:
- blood in your urine
- nausea and vomiting
- shivers, sweating and fever, with cloudy or bad smelling urine if there is also an infection
- small uric acid stones, which look like gravel, in your urine
- an urgent feeling of needing to urinate.
If you suspect you have kidney stones, see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.Kidney stonesDetection & diagnosis