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Doctor insights on: Back Pain Vs Kidney Pain

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How do I know if I have back pain, or kidney pain?

How do I know if I have back pain, or kidney pain?

Good question: Often difficult to tell. Easy with symptoms of kidney infection, ie fever, burning on urination or blood in urine. Kidney pain usually on or more on 1 side than both ; deep to lower ribs in back which is higher than the commonest back pain which is lower. Tapping lower ribs on affected side kidney >back pain. Tender vertebrae in midline, increase in pain twisting spine or bending backwards favor back. ...Read more

Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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Had Cystoscopytoday and having left side back pain or kidney pain.

Had Cystoscopytoday and having left side back pain or kidney pain.

Call your MD n: Please contact the MD who did your procedure and review your symptoms. This may be expected level of discomfort, or may be symptoms of an alarming complication. You should contact someone tonight if your pain is severe, getting worse, you have a fever, or have blood in your urine ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between back pain and kidney pain?

How can you tell the difference between back pain and kidney pain?

Let me try agian: Pain in the upper back that is a dull, one-sided ache, particularly if it is accompanied by fever and urinary symptoms may be real kidney pain. This may due to a kidney infection, or stone typically causes waves of sharp, intense pain, which doctors call renal colic. There's no sure way, do urine test to find out. Sometimes you could have both together this way the testing is very important. ...Read more

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How can I distinguish the difference between back pain and kidney pain?

How can I distinguish the difference between back pain and kidney pain?

Location: Kidney pain is usually on one side only and typically prominent to the side of the spine and below the ribs. Also, kidney pain is associated with pain traveling around to the groin on the same side with sometimes burning urine, blood in urine etc. ...Read more

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How do I know the difference between left side back pain and kidney pain?

How do I know the difference between left side back pain and kidney pain?

See answer below: To distinguish the two sources of pain one would look for associated symptoms. For example, back pain may be associated with pain in the hip, buttock, or leg while kidney pain may be associated with fever and/or painful urination. Back pain may worsen with activity while kidney pain would not. Finally, back pain should ease off when lying down while kidney pain may not. ...Read more

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What to do if I have back pain, appendix or kidney pain?

What to do if I have back pain, appendix or kidney pain?

See your doctor: Any of those could be a big issue. I would see your doctor for further workup. Always good to be on top of the issue rather than chasing it down the road. ...Read more

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I went to the ER last night for kidney pain and they said I had back pain, I'm still hurting I feel like I should be admitted. Do I go back?

Probably: If your pain is not better and, as you indicate, you have confusion, I would go back to the er. Ideally would go back to the same er because they have done some works up and would make sense to build on that. ...Read more

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What is the difference between kidney pain and lower back pain?

What is the difference between kidney pain and lower back pain?

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 spine. Low back pain is located along the spinal column in the muscles. ...Read more

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

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

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 the spine and generally radiates to the hips, and back of the legs. ...Read more

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What is treatmetn for lower back pain or kidney pain?

What is treatmetn for lower back pain or kidney pain?

2 separate problems: For back pain, lifestyle changes are important like not smoking, weight control and regular exercise. You can use medication if no contraindications like ibuprophen or naproxen, try a back support, guided exercise & activity modification. If no better, then see your doctor for further evaluation and treatment. For kidney pain, you need to be seen and treated by your physician. ...Read more

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Can you actually tell the difference between kidney pain and muscular lower back pain?

Can you actually tell the difference between kidney pain and muscular lower back pain?

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 continuous pain becoming worse with movement. Injury to back caused by mild sprains to severe cases of slip discs, cancer etc. Pain predominant in the back due to problems in muscles, nerves, bones and joints of the spinal cord.
Thank you. ...Read more

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I'm having mid to low back pain that radiates around to my front on both sides. The pain is moderate. Could this be kidney pain what should I do?

Sounds like LBP: It is unlikely that kidney pain refers to the feet, but is very likely that you may have a pinched nerve in your back. I would see your md for an evaluation and treatment plan. ...Read more

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Is it ok for a 17 yr old to have back pain. Or would it be kidney pain? He drinks a gallon of soda a day. His urine switches from dark yellow 2 white

Is it ok for a 17 yr old to have back pain. Or would it be kidney pain? He drinks a gallon of soda a day. His urine switches from dark yellow 2 white

Let me try to help: This question is complicated I will try to make easy.
Back pain in young people should be looked it carefully.1-could be from urinary tract problems. 2- could be from the bone and the disc in the back.3-could be from abdominal problems, and other reasons.
Have you young man checked out to see what is the source of the pain. As far as colors of the urine checked out. Good luck thank you. ...Read more

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How to differentiate kidney pain and back pain? I have a history with utis, and could have pinched nerve/bulging disc woke up w/very sore flank area

How to differentiate kidney pain and back pain? I have a history with utis, and could have pinched nerve/bulging disc woke up w/very sore flank area

Location and imaging: Kidney pain is usually due to kidney stone especially if thee is hydronephrosis. Could also be due to infection. It can sometimes be difficult to say it for sure but is possible to find out with urine testing and ct scan or other imaging studies. ...Read more

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What causes missed periods, pain when peeing, had lower back pain along with kidney pain, and tiredness (with no prior sexual experience)?

What causes missed periods, pain when peeing, had lower back pain along with kidney pain, and tiredness (with no prior sexual experience)?

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 you know what's going on. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between backpain and kidney pain?

See below: It can be difficult to distinguish between the two you need a medical examination and maybe some tests. ...Read more

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Swelled kidney low left back pain?

Do you have : Low left back pain and are asking if it could be from your kidney? Probably not. The kidney is higher like way up just yonder your rib and slightly to the side. If you had that you would be ill. Not just have a pain. Low back pain is usually musculoskeletal and occurs from son bending twisting lifting or other activity if not an injury. Do you have fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, UTI, . ...Read more

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Kidney or back pain lower right side, what to do?

See below: There are a number of possible causes of the pain in that area. The kidney itself, the quadratus lumborum muscle, the ribs, the lumbar paraspinal muscles, etc.

If you highly suspect it's the kidney, go see your family doc or a urologist or nephrologist. For the back pain, see a physiatry (pm;r) or anesthesia spine specialist. ...Read more

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How I tell the difference between kidney and back pain?

How I tell the difference between kidney and back pain?

Kidney + Other: Flank pain may be due to the kidney, a stone being the major concern. The differential diagnosis is wide: the presence of fever (pyelonephritis), tenderness (muscle source), rash (zoster), or abdominal symptoms/findings make an assessment by your primary care physician, essential. ...Read more

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Septic kidney and back pain, what could be wrong?

Septic kidney and back pain, what could be wrong?

A kidney infection: Can be the cause of back pain. This requires medical care. ...Read more

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When left kidney is taken out is there left side back pain present?

Not long term: There would be acute pain immediately following the surgery which should be adequately managed with pain medication. Long term there wouldn't normally be back pain although sometimes post-surgery patients can develop a chronic pain condition. If that happens see a chronic pain physician. ...Read more

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My back pain kidney discomfort feels like needles of pain sometimes.

Not entirely sure: What you're asking. If you're wondering if such pain can be normal, then yes, it can. If you are concerned about the symptoms or if they represent a change from your normal state of health, see your doctor for testing. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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