I'm 52 white male and have had hypertension for more than 20 years. I have been diagnosed with essential hypertension.
I also have had kidney stones since I was 19. As time went on, the pain from passing the stones decreased to the point I'm not really sure I am passing a stone. I just get an ache that seems to travel down my abdomen in the course of 1 or 2 days. During this time I notice my blood pressure shoots up to 150 to 160 even on my medications.
When I was young the stones were hard jagged crystals like quartz but the stones I have passed recently are totally different, more like clotted sand that easily crumbles. I guess this is why I don't feel much pain.
My question is there any way to tell if kidney blockage is a problem? I am currently uninsured so I don't want to go to a lot of doctors. Are there symptoms associated with kidney problems that are related to hypertension? That is, is there a way to determine if kidney blockage might be a problem?
Published On: October 12, 2007