Maybe it began with a dull ache in your lower abdomen. Or severe pain below your ribs that comes and goes in waves. Regardless, thinking you might have a kidney stone is stressful! But, there a few things you can do to take stock of your symptoms and determine what proactive steps to take to minimize discomfort.
What is a kidney stone?
A kidney stone is a buildup of minerals that forms in the kidneys or urinary tract. Commonly consisting of calcium, oxalate, cysteine, or phosphate, kidney stones vary in size from nearly undetectable to as large as a golf ball.