An Urgent Care Center may diagnose kidney stones, but not have the capacity, regarding staff and equipment, to treat you for the condition. The doctors will have to carry out a CT scan, an X-ray or an ultrasound. Samples of your urine are also tested. Some stones become very large and require surgery.
Where to go if I think I have a kidney stone?
Small kidney stones that don’t block your kidney or cause other problems can be treated by your family doctor. But if you have a large kidney stone and experience severe pain or kidney problems, your doctor may refer you to a doctor who treats problems in the urinary tract (urologist or nephrologist).
How do you know when a kidney stone is close to passing?
There is no way to predict how long it will be before it breaks free and causes any symptoms. Most stones will pass on their own within a few hours to a few days (sometimes longer). You may notice a red, pink, or brown color to your urine. This is normal while passing a kidney stone.
Do kidney stones require medical attention?
When and How Soon to See a Doctor if You Suspect a Stone
As a general rule, you need to seek medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms: Severe pain that makes sitting still or getting comfortable impossible. Pain with nausea and vomiting. Pain with fever and chills.
Does walking help pass kidney stones?
When trying to pass a stone, patients should proceed as follows: Drink plenty of fluids to promote increased urinary flow which may help pass the stone. Be active. Patients are encouraged to be up and about walking which may help the stone pass.
How should you lay down with kidney stones?
Lie face down and head down on a board angled 30-45 degrees for 10 to 30 minutes. Continue laying head down, but turn side of the body with treated kidney up for 10 to 30 minutes.
How long does it take to pass a kidney stone once the pain starts?
A stone that’s smaller than 4 mm (millimeters) may pass within one to two weeks. A stone that’s larger than 4 mm could take about two to three weeks to completely pass. Once the stone reaches the bladder, it typically passes within a few days, but may take longer, especially in an older man with a large prostate.
What is the most painful part of passing a kidney stone?
A stone can move around within your kidney. It can also move into the tube that connects your kidney to your bladder. Symptoms can be mild or strong, and include: Intense pain in your side or back, below the ribs (your doctor might refer to it as renal colic)