What’s a kidney stone and why does it hurt?

by Nurse Rose Melendez | WGTS 91.9 FM

Kidney stones are a pretty common health problem – with one in 10 people experiencing one after the age of 30. But what exactly are they? Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, tells us everything we need to know about kidney stones.

What is a kidney stone?

Kidney stones are small, hard deposits of minerals and acid salts that form in the kidney and cause pain when the move or pass through the body.

What are signs of kidney stones?

Lookout for these key symptoms of kidney stones:

  • Severe pain that may feel like a muscle strain in your lower back
  • Blood in the urine
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Difficult passing urine

What should you do if you think you might have a kidney stone?

If you think you have kidney stones, you should see a doctor immediately. Some small kidney stones can be passed through the urine by drinking lots of water or taking medication. However, for larger stones, a urologist may perform laser or shockwave therapy to break up the stones.

Is there anything we can do to lower our risk of developing kidney stones?

You can prevent the formation of kidney stones with these simple tips.

  • Drink lots of water
  • Limit salty food, red meat and fat in your diet
Rose Melendez, RN

Rose Melendez, RN

Head of Emergency Department

Rose Melendez, RN is the head of the Emergency Department and Nursing Administration at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital. Tune into WGTS 91.9 FM every Wednesday at 7:40 a.m. to listen to Nurse Rose live on the radio.

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