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Back Pain Vs 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
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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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
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
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
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
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
I'm experiencing pulsing back pain, placing fit kidney pain. Pain is reoccurring. Could that be kidney problem?
Possible: See your doc. Also, very likely musculoskeletal. ...Read more
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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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
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?
Hi. I have lower back pain inthe back left area. Sometimes it feels muscular. Other time more kidney pain. Hurts when I turn over in bed. I have a son?
Common symptom: As youi might expect it could be musculoskletal or kidney related. You need to see your family physician to diagnose the problem. ...Read more
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
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
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
Location: Location of pain and physical exam are often very telling. ...Read more
See below: It can be difficult to distinguish between the two you need a medical examination and maybe some tests. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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