Kidney Stone Symptoms

For Patients

If you suspect you have stones, visit your primary care provider or urologist.

If you've been diagnosed with stones and would like to be seen in the Metabolic Stone Clinic, please call (608) 263-4757.

Asymptomatic stones
Sometimes there are no symptoms associated with the presence of stones in the kidney. These may not require surgical intervention if they remain small and asymptomatic.
Stone development
When people do experience symptoms from kidney stones, it is usually because a stone has moved within the kidney down into one of the ureters on its way to the bladder. A kidney stone in the ureter may become blocked because the ureter is quite narrow. The stone may cause urine to back up inside the ureter.
The aforementioned actions cause the ureter and the kidney to dilate, which can result in pain. Most commonly, people feel pain in the flank area. The pain can be excruciating or dull. It may come in spasms and may radiate to other areas.
If the flow of urine remains obstructed or the kidney becomes dilated, symptoms in addition to pain may include: 
  • Fever
  • Burning during urination
  • Nausea and vomiting 
There may also be blood and bacteria in the urine. Kidney infections and possible long-term kidney damage may result.