Odds are, you take your ability to pee normally for granted. You just head to the bathroom when you have to go, do your thing, flush, and go about your life. So it’s understandable, then, that you wouldn’t give it much thought—until you develop kidney stones symptoms.
While you’ve probably heard of kidney stones before, you might be a little fuzzy on the details. Kidney stones are small, hard mineral deposits that can form in your kidneys. And some people are just prone to developing them, says Brian Norouzi, M.D., a urologist with St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California.
While kidney stones are slightly more common in men than women, anyone can develop them, says Ralph V. Clayman, M.D., a professor in the department of urology at the University of California, Irvine. (It’s not totally clear why men are more likely to develop kidney stones, but stones are often linked to a higher salt diet and dehydration, Norouzi says.)
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