So without further ado, here's a bit of what I have learned about kidney stones:
- Kidney stones are small, hard deposits created in your kidney. They are made of mineral and acid salts.
- These suckers hurt like a biatch.
- The pain is supposedly worse than childbirth. As I have never had a child, I cannot say if this is true. All I know is that I do not wish this kind of pain on anyone. Not even my worst enemy.
- The pain is in the lower back under the rib cage area.
- If the kidney stone(s) is/are in the bladder, the lower abdominal area will hurt.
- Symptoms of kidney stones can vary by person but typically cause extreme pain, vomiting, loss of appetite, fever, chills, and major discomfort.
- Kidney stones tend to be hereditary.
- Men are more prone to kidney stones.
- Kidney stones can be caused from dehydration.
- Summer is the most common season to experience stones.
- Once you have had a kidney stone, you have a 60% chance of getting another.
- If you feel like you have a kidney stone, go to the ER immediately to be tested.
- Tests include but are not limited to: urine test, blood test, CT scan
- For other risk factors and information about Kidney Stones, visit the Mayo Clinic.