Symptoms of Kidney Stones
If fever and chills accompany the pain, an infection may be present. In this case, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately.
There are several ways that kidney stones are diagnosed. Sometimes, "silent" stones -- those that do not cause symptoms -- are found on x-rays taken during a general health exam.
However, in most cases, kidney stones are found on an x-ray or sonogram that is taken on someone who complains of common symptoms of kidney stones, such as blood in the urine or sudden pain. These diagnostic images can give doctors valuable information about the stone's size and location.
Other tests that doctors might use include blood and urine tests, which will help detect any abnormal substance that might promote stone formation, and a CT (computed tomography) scan or an IVP (intravenous pyelogram), which will help determine the proper kidney stones treatment.
People who have possible symptoms of kidney stones should see a doctor as soon as possible. Only a doctor can make a kidney stones diagnosis and properly treat the problem.