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woman having pain in her abdomenKidney stones
Kidney stones are hard deposits made of minerals and salts that form inside your kidneys. A kidney stone may not cause symptoms until it moves around within your kidney or moves into your ureter, but passing kidney stones can cause severe pain. Other symptoms can include changes in urination, such as a persistent need to go, a need to go more frequently or urinating a smaller quantity than usual. There also could be changes in your urine, including a change in color to pink, red or brown, or your urine could become cloudy or foul-smelling. You also could experience nausea, vomiting, and fever and chills if an infection is present. Find out what might increase your risk of developing kidney stones and when you need to seek immediate medical attention.


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