Kidney Stones

ExitCare ImageKidney stones (urolithiasis) are solid masses that form inside your kidneys. The intense pain is caused by the stone moving through the kidney, ureter, bladder, and urethra (urinary tract). When the stone moves, the ureter starts to spasm around the stone. The stone is usually passed in your pee (urine).

HOME CARE

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee clear or pale yellow. This helps to get the stone out.

  • Strain all pee through the provided strainer. Do not pee without peeing through the strainer, not even once. If you pee the stone out, catch it in the strainer. The stone may be as small as a grain of salt. Take this to your doctor. This will help your doctor figure out what you can do to try to prevent more kidney stones.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Follow up with your doctor as told.

  • Get follow-up X-rays as told by your doctor.

GET HELP IF:

You have pain that gets worse even if you have been taking pain medicine.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your pain does not get better with medicine.

  • You have a fever or shaking chills.

  • Your pain increases and gets worse over 18 hours.

  • You have new belly (abdominal) pain.

  • You feel faint or pass out.

  • You are unable to pee.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.