A kidney stone may not cause symptoms until it moves around within your kidney or passes into your ureter — the tube connecting the kidney and bladder. At that point, these signs and symptoms may occur:

  • Severe pain in the side and back, below the ribs;
  • Pain that spreads to the lower abdomen and groin;
  • Pain that comes in waves and fluctuates in intensity;
  • Painful urination;
  • Pink, red or brown urine;
  • Cloudy or foul-smelling urine;
  • Nausea and vomiting;
  • Persistent urge to urinate;
  • Urinating more often than usual;
  • Fever and chills if an infection is present.

Pain caused by a kidney stone may change — for instance, shifting to a different location or increasing in intensity — as the stone moves through your urinary tract.

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