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You Will Need
- A doctor
- Pain medication
- A strainer
Determine if you have the symptoms of kidney stones, such as severe pain in your lower back, a persistent urge to urinate, blood-tinged urine, and nausea.
Visit your doctor
Visit your physician to confirm that kidney stones are the problem and to determine the best course of treatment.
Take pain meds
Take the recommended amounts of an over-the-counter or prescription pain medicine to control the pain caused by the stones.
Drink lots of water and stay active. You may be able to pass the stone. If your doctor agrees, aim to drink 2 to 3 quarts of water per day.
If your doctor advises, strain your urine through a strainer they provide you with, so that when the stone comes out, you can save it.
Get a medical procedure
Ask your doctor if you need a medical procedure. If, after a few weeks, drinking fluids and staying active fails to get the stone out, you may need a procedure.
Prevent future stones
Have your blood and urine samples analyzed, drink plenty of water, and avoid the foods your doctor says to avoid to prevent kidney stones from recurring.