10- Foul-smelling urine
Patients with kidney stones often report a change in the colouration of their urine that is accompanied by a change in the smell. Foul-smelling urine is a sign of urinary tract infection, which is the most common complication of kidney stones. The reason why urine changes colours is because the bacteria growing in the urinary tract starts feeding off the urea. However, it is important to distinguish this from other causes of foul-smelling urine, such as abnormal communications between the digestive system and the urinary tract.
As you can see, kidney stones might be asymptomatic, cause an acute pain that’s often described as unbearable and excruciating, and may leave patients with a urinary tract infection for a longer time. Depending on the type and how large kidney stones are, they might need oral treatment or surgery as a treatment approach. However, the appropriate tests and physical exam to determine what’s best for you should be ordered, performed, and interpreted by a physician.
Be sure to seek medical attention right away if you experience burning pain with nausea and vomiting, blood in your urine, difficulty passing urine, and severe pain in your back, groin and leg. Remember kidney stones usually come together with urinary tract infections, and do not take it lightly if your kidney stone symptoms appear to go away.