Anna Becker
Anna Becker voted up Arthur Wright's answer

As having experienced hundreds of these damn things over the past 8 years or so and have had surgery a couple times when they were too large to pass.  A lot of this depends of what the stone is made of.  There are 2 types; Calcium and Urich Acid.  Calcium ones can be broken up … Read more

Anna Becker
Anna Becker voted up Sara Lewis' answer

Kidney stones are small hard lumps which can form due to metabolic issues linked to the filtration or absorption of various electrolytes.

Although they are called "stones" they are more like crystals, but either way - they can cause extreme pain! This is known as "renal colic".

Treatments not involving surgery:

Sometimes … Read more