As any man who has passed them can attest, urinary stones can cause significant discomfort, including substantial penis pain. While the pain from urinary stones is typically more severe in other parts of the urinary tract, the pain in the penis itself can be of concern. Practicing proper penis care is essential for dealing with such soreness in the member.
What causes it?
Urinary stones, frequently called kidney stones or bladder stones, form in the urinary tract when certain conditions are present. Essentially, stones are formed from an overabundance of one or more minerals.
The most common culprit in urinary stone formation is calcium, but there are other substances – such as uric acid, magnesium or phosphate – that can be involved in stone formation. Excess minerals may clump together to create small crystals. These are generally passed through the system with little or no discomfort. However, when the crystals reach a certain size and mass, they are classified as stones and have the potential to create severe pain.
Some people are more likely than others to get urinary stones, including:
– Those who are dehydrated
– People whose diets include too much animal protein and/or vitamin C
– Individuals with family members who have a history of stones
– Some people who have had surgery to help them lose weight
Where a stone lodges can determine what kind of pain it causes. (Of course, some stones are small and pass through the system unnoticed, causing little or no discomfort.) When in the bladder, the pain is most often in the stomach area. When the stone is in the kidneys, pain is often in the back but in some cases can spread all across the entire stomach area and into the groin. And when the stone is in the urethra, it can cause a high level of penis pain.
In addition, some stones cause other symptoms, including nausea, sweating, blood in the urine, a burning sensation in the urinary tract, chills, fever and/or frequent urination.
Preventing stones is an excellent idea. (Who likes pain, after all?) One of the best ways to do this is by drinking plenty of water: 8 to 10 glasses each day. Dietary changes (depending on the kind of stone to which a person may be prone) can also help, as can taking certain drugs that reduce the conditions under which stones may form.
In most cases, a person simply must wait for the stone to pass and take pain relievers to help lessen the intensity of discomfort. In persistent cases, the stone may be broken up (by means of sound waves) or surgically removed; however, the latter is rarely done.
While waiting for a stone to pass, a person should be kept as comfortable as possible. Depending on where the pain is, that may mean lying in various positions. Using pillows to proper up appropriate parts of the body may help. Sometimes, placing an ice pack covered in cloth against the area can help relieve soreness. Staying hydrated is also very much recommended.