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

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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How do tell difference between backpain and kidney flank pain?

How do tell difference between backpain and kidney flank pain?

Cvat: You can test for costovertebral angle tenderness. Basically you take your fist and gently tap the back on both sides directly below the rib cage. If there is inflammation of the kidneys such as kidney infection, or even a kidney stone this will be extremely painful. ...Read more

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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 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

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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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Dr. Faisal Ahmed
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Kidney Pain (Definition)

Kidney pain is a clinical finding in which a person has pain at his kidney, often due to infection. This pain is experienced as either back pain located mid-back on one side, ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more