Kidney Stone and Back Pain: Male Clinics in Houston, Tomball, and Pearland
Back Pain: Muscular/Skeletal vs Kidney?
Many people think that Back Pain must be a Muscular/Skeletal/Spine disorder. What is underappreciated is that the urinary tract (kidney, ureter, bladder, prostate) can cause the same symptoms of back pain.
If your Back Pain is dramatically affected by body position or movement, it is more likely to have a muscular/skeletal origin. However, if your Back Pain is more of a constant or intermittent but unprovoked pain, it is more likely to be part of your urinary tract. Our evaluation seeks the source for your pain.
Kidney Stone screening can have four separate goals: to determine if the issue is in fact a kidney stone, to determine where exactly it is located, whether it has caused or is likely to cause damage to the urinary tract, and what type of kidney stone it is. This all helps to determine the best course of treatment for each specific case of kidney stones we see. Kidney stone screening can also help determine what can be done to prevent kidney stones from forming in your body again.
ManCenters uses a number of options to help treat kidney stones. For emergency situations of severe pain or fevers we will provide a stent( internal drainage tube) to relive the obstruction. Additional treatment options include the use of shock wave lithotripsy (sound wave breakage) in order to break the kidney stones into smaller, more easily passable pieces, or ureteroscopy (scope into the urinary track through the urethra) and laser breakage of stones.
KIDNEY STONE FAQ
What are some symptoms for Kidney Stones?
intense pain in the back and side below the ribcage
pain that may spread into the abdomen and groin
pain coming in waves or fluctuating in intensity
pain while urinating
the persistent need to urinate/frequent urination
urinating small amounts
urine that is pink, red or brown, cloudy or foul-smelling
fever or chills, in the case of infection
nausea and vomiting
What are my treatment options?
Dr. Russel Williams, M.D. uses shock wave lithotripsy (sound wave breakage), urethroscope and laser fragmentation of stones and kidney endoscopic fragmentation and stone removal. Most of these treatments are out patient procedures under a light anesthetic.
I think I may be passing a stone. What should I do?
If you think that you may be passing a stone (after hours) go to the nearest urgent care center and have the physician call Dr. Russel Williams, M.D. at 832 358-8600.
Do you take insurance?
Yes we take insurance including such plans as Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, CIGNA, Memorial Herman Gold, Tricare and UnitedHealthcare.
We can also work with the Out of Network benefits of most insurances. If you have a doubt about yours, you can always give us a call at (832) 358-8600.
Where do I get my labs done?
While there may be more than one Laboratory Service Provider available, ManCenters recommends Houston Medical Imaging.