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Signs and symptoms of a kidney stone with diarrhea

Updated July 20, 2017

Kidney stones have a range of symptoms, including diarrhoea, as the kidney stone begins to pass from the kidney into the bladder and out through the urethra. However, diarrhoea and other symptoms relating to kidney stones are not necessarily specific to kidney stones. Always consult a doctor for a diagnosis.

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Early Symptoms

Small kidney stones may have no symptoms at all; however, when a larger stone is moving from the kidney to the bladder, the pain can get severe and come in waves, according to Steadyhealth.com. WebMD.com adds that kidney stones can cause high levels of pain in the side, back, groin, abdomen or genitals. A person with kidney stones might also experience nausea and vomiting.

Once the Stone has Left the Bladder

Steadyhealth.com notes that a person with kidney stones may experience frequent and painful urination when the stone has passed from the bladder into the ureter. Lack of appetite, diarrhoea, constipation, fever, fatigue and excessive perspiration are also signs of kidney stones at this stage. According to Webmd.com, blood in the urine can be a sign of a kidney stone that has stayed in the kidneys or that has moved through the ureters.

Physical Examination

Cornellurology.com, Cornell University's Urology website, states that upon examination, a patient with kidney stones may look restless and may be unable to find a position that is comfortable. “The abdomen may be slightly distended, and pain is often elicited by gently tapping on the flank region [the side of the belly],” Cornellurology.com says.

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About the Author

Libby Walkup comes from Fargo, like the movie, but not. She studied literature, publishing and creative writing at Minnesota State University Moorhead and has earned a master’s degree in creative writing at Bath Spa University, Bath, England. She is a published fiction writer, poet, blogger and journalist. She has been published in "Red Weather Literary Journal" and Triond; she began writing professionally in 2009.

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