kidney stones can be painful, although the pain usually only lasts a couple of days and disappears when these stones have cleared.
To ease your symptoms, your GP might recommend:
- drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day
- painkillers, like ibuprofen
- anti-sickness medicine
- alpha-blockers (medicines to help stones pass)
You might be advised to drink up to 3 litres (5.2 pints) of fluid throughout the day, every day, until the stones have cleared.
To help your stones pass:
- drink water, but drinks like tea and coffee also count
- add fresh lemon juice to your water
- avoid fizzy drinks
- do not eat too much salt
Make sure you're drinking enough fluid. If your pee is dark, it means you're not drinking enough. Your pee should be pale in colour.
You may be advised to continue drinking this much fluid to prevent new stones forming.
If your kidney stones are causing severe pain, your GP may send you to hospital for tests and treatment.
If your kidney stones are too big to be passed naturally, they're usually removed by surgery.