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Cramping pain:Is it Time to visit Doctor for Kidney Stones?

Kidney Diseases By Bhadra Kamalasanan , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Aug 02, 2011
Cramping pain:Is it Time to visit Doctor for Kidney Stones?

A person with kidney stone must immediately call doctor if there is sudden onset of cramping pain in the lower back or at one side of the abdomen.

Kidney stones refers to a medical condition that is marked by a sudden onset of cramping pain in the lower back, side, groin or abdomen. These are among the common reasons why a person suffering kidney stones visits the emergency room. Once inside, the doctor evaluates and gives adequate medications to reduce the pain.

kidney stone duration

How long does it last?

It is usual for people with kidney stones to wonder how long their pain is likely to last. About 85 percent of the stones happen to be small and tend to pass through the urinary tract at the time of urination. The stone tends to usually pass within 72 hours after the pain begins.

Once the stone has formed completely, there is a high chance of the patient developing another stone some time later in his/her lifetime. The stones may recur especially if you have a family history of kidney stones and/or the cause for the formation of stones is not found as well as treated.


When should you seek medical advice?

Some reasons why you should call the doctor or visit the emergency room can be the following.


  • If the kidney stone does not pass on its own through the urinary tract.
  • If the pain caused by the stone does not soothe by itself or with medication and in fact, continues to be severe.
  • If along with the pain caused by the stone, you develop fever; this may be the sign of a serious infection.
  • If you have had a history of kidney stones that were just as difficult or severe.
  • If you have severe vomiting or nausea that keeps you from drinking fluids.


Expected Duration

Have you had pain due to kidney stones? People with kidney stones often wonder, how long will the pain last and will I have stone pain again. Read to know some facts on expected duration of Kidney Stones.


Most stones are small and they pass through the urinary tract during urination usually within 72 hours after the pain starts.Once a stone is formed, there are high chances that you may develop another stone in your lifetime. The stones tend to recur especially if you have a family history of stones and/or the cause is not found and treated.


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