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Mesa, AZ
A 20-year-old male asked:

Back pain or kidney stone? pain happens in lower back only and switches sides. the pain only lasts a few seconds. still using the bathroom as normal

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Dr. Gerald Klein
Radiology 52 years experience
Unlikely kidney ston: Kidney stone pain usually on one side / doe not switch sides unless bilateral stones. Pain usually doesn't go away after few seconds. Suggest x-ray of abdomen to exclude kidney stones since most stones are visible on a plainb x-ray.
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