Kidney stones may be small in size, but they can cause a great amount of pain. Don’t avoid medical treatment because you can’t stand the thought of sitting around an emergency room’s waiting room. When you need your pain resolved fast, get to The Urgency Room.
Each Urgency Room is owned and operated by the Emergency Physicians Professional Association (EPPA) and is staffed by highly trained physicians who also work at local Twin Cities emergency rooms. The mission of The Urgency Room is to fill the medical treatment gap between emergency and urgent care. Our well-equipped facilities are outfitted with an extensive array of equipment, including:
- CT Scanner
- High-complexity Lab
- Sedation for Adults and Children
Our locations in Vadnais Heights, Eagan and Woodbury are open 365 days per year from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM, including holidays. Our friendly physicians can assess, diagnose and treat anything from chronic aches to broken bones—including kidney stones. If you’re experiencing kidney stones, come to your nearest Urgency Room now. Don’t wait any longer to get the care you need.
What Are Kidney Stones?
Kidney stones, although small, can cause a lot of pain and damage. Formed from mineral deposits inside your kidneys, these stones can affect your urinary tract as they pass. When urine is concentrated, the hard minerals and acid salts from your kidneys may stick together. When this happens, you have kidney stones.
While they originate in your kidneys, they can be anywhere along your urinary tract, from your kidneys to your bladder. They are the most common type of urinary tract disorder, but are often small enough that they pass unnoticed. Problems and pains start surfacing when these masses become too large and block urine or cause other complications.
There is no one distinct cause for kidney stones, but we do know they form when the fluid in your urine cannot dilute a concentration of certain substances—calcium, oxalate and uric acid. The type of kidney stone you develop may vary and each has a different cause for developing. You might be at risk of developing:
Calcium Stones: Can come from high levels of vitamin D, foods with high oxalate levels, dietary factors and metabolic disorders.
Struvite Stones: These develop most often in response to a urinary tract infection.
Uric Acid Stones: Those who have gout, lose too much fluid or don’t drink enough fluid are most at risk for developing uric acid stones.
Cystine Stones: These stones are a result of a hereditary disorder that causes the kidneys to excrete too much cystinuria, an amino acid.
Symptoms of Kidney Stones
As stated, some kidney stones may be practically undetectable because they’re so small. However, sometimes kidney stones can be larger in size and cause pain as they move around your kidneys and through your ureter—the tube connecting your kidneys and bladder. If you start feeling intense abdominal pain and suspect it may be due to kidney stones, check out these symptoms:
- Painful urination
- Feeling like you always have to urinate
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fever and chills
- Cloudy urine
- Pink, red or brown urine
- Bad-smelling urine
- Pain in lower abdomen
- Pain in groin
- Pain that changes in intensity
The pain from passing kidney stones changes as the stones move along the ureter. You may notice lower abdominal / groin pain changing in intensity as time passes or as you reposition your body.
How We Treat Your Kidney Stones
Often times, kidney stones won’t require medical care or treatment. You simply have to “let them pass.” This may be uncomfortable or painful, but should only last a short while. You should seek medical care from your nearest Urgency Room, though, if the pain is so severe you can’t sit still, you get feverish, you have the chills, you start vomiting or if there is blood in your urine.
Physicians at The Urgency Room can help you if your kidney stones are causing severe or prolonged pain, or if they cause other urinary tract problems. Small stones may pass with relatively little pain if you drink enough water, take a type of pain reliever or are given a medication to relax the muscles in your ureter.
However, larger stones may need additional treatments such as sound waves that can break them up, or, in severe cases, you may need surgery to remove impassable stones. Very rarely do kidney stones cause permanent or irreversible damage.
Our physicians may also suggest the following lifestyle and dietary changes to help prevent kidney stones from accumulating or diminish their frequency if you get the often:
- Drink more water so there’s enough fluid in your urine to dilute concentrations of substances.
- Reduce how much salt, animal protein and oxalate-rich foods you have in your diet.
- Reduce how much calcium you ingest through supplements.
Get Relief from Kidney Stones Today
Our doors are open every day of the week. Avoid the long wait times you find at typical emergency rooms and get kidney stone treatment as soon as possible. We can help assess, diagnose and treat your kidney stones so you can get back to living a happy and healthy life today.