What’s a Kidney stones and why does it hurt?

Kidney stones are a pretty common health problem – with one in 10 people experiencing one after the age of 30. But what exactly are they?

They are small, hard deposits of minerals and acid salts that form in the kidney and cause pain when they move or pass through the body.

Lookout for these key symptoms of kidney stones:

·         Severe pain that may feel like a muscle strain in your lower back

·         Blood in the urine

·         Nausea or vomiting

·         Difficult passing urine

If you think you have kidney stones, you should see a doctor immediately. Some small kidney stone can be passed through the urine by drinking lots of water or taking medication. However, for larger stones, a urologist may perform laser or shockwave therapy to break up the stones.

You can prevent the formation of kidney stones with these simple tips.

·         Drink lots of water

·         Limit salty food, red meat, and fat in your diet