Kidney stones are known for causing severe pain. The experienced team at Stone Relief Center in The Woodlands, Texas, offer comprehensive kidney stone pain management, whether they help to relieve your pain while the stone passes out of your body or they need to remove the stone. Once you develop pain from a kidney stone, it’s important to seek an immediate evaluation to be sure you don’t have complications such as an infection or obstruction. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking system.
Minerals, salts, and other substances are normally found in your urine, where they stay dissolved in the fluid and easily pass out of your body during urination.
When your urine has high levels of these substances, however, they start to crystalize and form stones. The most common kidney stones consist of small, hard pieces of calcium, oxalate, and phosphate.
Kidney stones start to cause pain when they block the opening from the kidney into the ureter or when they leave the kidney and pass into the ureter. Then you experience symptoms such as:
The pain often comes in waves and may fluctuate in severity. When a large stone blocks the flow of urine, either in the kidney or ureter, your kidney becomes inflamed and swollen, which causes extreme pain.
The first step in managing your pain is to make sure you don’t have an infection and that the stone hasn’t caused a blockage. At Stone Relief Center, the forward-thinking team offers comprehensive care, including on-site diagnostic imaging, urinalysis, and blood work.
Your provider may perform an ultrasound or CT scan, or they may take abdominal X-rays to determine the size, shape, and location of the stone.
With this information, they can decide if it’s safe to let the stone leave your body on its own or they need to relieve your pain by performing a procedure to remove the stone, such as extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy or ureteroscopy.
Even when it’s safe to let nature take its course and allow the stone to travel through your urinary tract, you’ll still experience pain. Passing a kidney stone can take up to four weeks or longer, depending on the size of the stone. During that time, you’ll need medication to manage the pain.
You may get sufficient pain relief with over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). If your pain doesn’t respond to those medications, however, your doctor at Stone Relief Center can give you prescription-strength NSAIDs.
Your provider may also manage your pain by prescribing medication that helps you pass the kidney stone. For example, medications that relax urethral muscles speed up the stone’s movement and allow you to pass the stone with less pain.
To get compassionate help for your kidney stone pain, call Stone Relief Center or schedule an appointment online.