Quiz: How much do you know about kidney stones?
If you’ve ever experienced these painful symptoms: severe, sharp pain in your mid-back or side, nausea, vomiting—even blood in your urine, you are not alone.
In fact, each year, over 500,000 people go to emergency rooms because of kidney stones, according to the National Kidney Foundation.
A kidney stone is a collection of mineral salts and protein that collect to form a solid crystalline mass and can affect up to 10 percent of all Americans at some time in their lives, according to the American Urological Association.
But what causes them? And do certain factors put you at a higher risk?
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