Signs of Kidney and Ureteral Stones

Just having kidney stones may not cause any symptoms, but when they begin to move or pass into your ureter (ureteral stones), you will likely experience symptoms.

Signs and symptoms of kidney and ureteral stones may include:

  • Pain in the back and side, often just below the ribs
  • Pain that changes, for example:
    • It spreads to the lower abdomen and possibly the groin
    • It comes in waves
    • It changes in intensity
    • It shifts locations
  • Pain with urination
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • More frequent urination
  • Urine that is cloudy or has a strong, foul smell
  • Blood in the urine

You may also have a fever and/or chills if you have an infection along with your stones.

When to call your doctor

If you have any of the above signs or symptoms of kidney or ureteral stones, you should call your doctor to make an appointment.

Seek immediate medical attention if you have the following symptoms:

  • Pain that is accompanied by nausea and vomiting, fever or chills
  • Severe pain that makes finding a comfortable position difficult
  • Blood in your urine
  • Difficulty urinating

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