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Stones form in your body

Yes, your body hates you...and one way it shows its distaste for your existence is to take the everyday components necessary to survive and turn them into rocks inside you.

Calcium, mucus, cholesterol, bile, cystine, uric acid, and even medications can all be compressed within various tissues to form hard stones - which we then have to try to get out to make the pain stop.

Gall bladder attacks (Fancy term: biliary colic) can be caused by gall stones - kidney stones (Fancy term: renal calculi) are known for their excruciating pain as they get passed through the much smaller urethra - and even tonsil stones that irritate the back of the throat and have to be popped out like a zit (Fancy term: tonsilloliths).

Kidney stones on X-ray, by Nevit Dilmen

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