Curejoy Expert Dr.Janardhana Hebbar Explains:
Kidney stones, when they stay in the kidney, typically do not cause pain. But, when they travel out of the body through the tubes of the urinary tract (including the ureters, which connect the kidney to the bladder, or the urethra, which leads outside the body), their movement may cause:
- No symptoms, if the stone is small enough (silent stones)
- Sudden, severe pain that gets worse in waves.
- Stones may cause intense pain in the back, below the ribs, lower abdomen, groin, or genitals.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blood in the urine (hematuria), which can occur either with stones that stay in the kidney or with those that travel through the ureters.
- Frequent and painful urination, which may occur when the stone is in the ureter or after the stone has left the bladder and is in the urethra.
- Pink, red or brown urine
- Cloudy or foul-smelling urine
- Fever and chills if an infection is present
Pain caused by a kidney stone may change for instance, shifting to a different location or increasing in intensity as the stone moves through your urinary tract.