Renal colic is the pain that is caused by a stone (or other material) causing a blockage to the flow of urine from the kidney to the bladder. The pain is usually felt in the flank or loin but often radiates around to the front and down toward the groin. As those who have had kidney stones will know the pain can be extremely severe and debilitating at times and may require narcotic analgesia and admission to hospital for pain relief. The pain can be associated with nausea and vomiting. Some patients may also note blood in their urine.
If you experience fevers or shivers with the pain, you need to seek immediate medical help to ensure there is no infection associated with the blockage. This is an emergency situation requiring urgent intervention.
If you have mild pain it is reasonable to try simple analgesia at home, such as Panadol or anti-inflammatory treatment. If the pain persists or is severe you may need to speak to your local Doctor or visit Casualty to obtain adequate pain relief. At this point an Urologist will usually be contacted to arrange further treatment as necessary.