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how can you tell the difference between real kidney pain and just lower back pain

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
40 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Not always easy: Renal colic (pain from a kidney stone) is severe and crampy. It tends to be on one side, in the flank, but back pain can be similar. If you have blood ... Read More
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
36 years experience Pain Management
Spine vs kidney pain: Kidney pain is felt directly over the kidney but can radiate to the back (in other words you have pain in both areas). Back pain is felt closer to th ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Weston
31 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
I can: The major differences are in the physical exam not the description of pain and other subtlites fever strong smelling urine abnormal ua lean toward kid ... Read More
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
49 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes you could: Kidney pain is severe and occurs in waves. Pain experienced in the lower back to the left and right of spine and above the hips. Back pain; dull and c ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
27 years experience Neurosurgery
Location: Like real estate, the difference is location, location, location. Kidney pain is usually flank pain more on the sides of the back than along the spin ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
40 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
2 separate problems: For back pain, lifestyle changes are important like not smoking, weight control and regular exercise. You can use medication if no contraindication ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Warren Wolfe
58 years experience Family Medicine
Common symptom: As youi might expect it could be musculoskletal or kidney related. You need to see your family physician to diagnose the problem.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rawhi Omar
44 years experience Pathology
Maybe..: A number of disorders can give the type of pain you describe or part of it: kidney stones, acute appendicitis, neuralgia (pain due to nerve irritation ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
37 years experience Family Medicine
See your doctor: You have symptoms which could be severe and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
14 years experience Pain Management
Seek PCP: Even as a physiatry spine specialist, if i had all these symptoms, i'd start with seeing my pcp (internal medicine or family doc). Rule out serious a ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laurence Badgley
53 years experience General Practice
No enough info : In order to guess, doctors need to know sex, characteristics of pain, where is most intense, if was any trauma, if weight loss or fevers, and what ac ... Read More
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