Your first diagnosis of kidney stones often occurs when you are in great pain. Your doctor will ask a few questions and examine you before suggesting treatment.
After you pass a stone, your doctor may give you another exam to find out if you are likely to have more stones in the future.
All or some of the following questions may be asked at your initial and follow-up exams.
During the physical exam, your doctor will examine your body for other clues that may explain the cause of your symptoms. He or she may:
A complete medical history and physical exam will help your doctor find out if you currently have a kidney stone and if you are likely to have one again.
Your answers to the lifestyle and medical questions will help your doctor find out if you currently have a kidney stone and if you are likely to have one again.
Physical symptoms that indicate that you may have a kidney stone include:
Although your doctor may decide you have kidney stones based on your medical history and physical exam, he or she may also do lab tests such as a urinalysis or urine culture. Your doctor may start treatment before these tests are done or you know the results.
If you have a family history of kidney stones or pass more than one stone, your doctor may do more tests to find out the type of stone.
Last Revised: April 28, 2011
Author: Healthwise Staff
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