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Sciatic nerve pain recent shingles was treated with acyclovir shingles didn't get any worse but ache like toothache left side hip/buttock area?

Sciatic nerve pain recent shingles was treated with acyclovir shingles didn't get any worse but ache like toothache left side hip/buttock area?

Shingles: What you may be experiencing is something called "post herpetic neuralgia", which is a condition that can occur after an episode of shingles. It is a nerve pain and generally takes time to get better. Can be days, weeks, months or in rare cases, years. The treatment of choice for nerve related pains is something called neurontin (gabapentin). ...Read more

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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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Achy dull pain on right side/lower back. Gallbladder? Kidney stones? I've had kidney stones once but with no pain.

Achy dull pain on right side/lower back. Gallbladder? Kidney stones?  I've had kidney stones once but with no pain.

Hard to say: Kidney stone are usually very painful. Stones, gallstones and kidneys infections can all cause this kind of pain. See your doctor and get checked out. ...Read more

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Is leg pain connected to kidney stones?

Is leg pain connected to kidney stones?

No: Stones may not cause pain, but when they do it is in the back, side (flank), abdomen, groin, not in the legs. ...Read more

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Sharp pain from 1 kidney down to groin (worse when urinating). No fever. A recent CT (~5wk) showed no kidney stone. Could one have formed already?

Sharp pain from 1 kidney down to groin (worse when urinating).  No fever. A recent CT (~5wk) showed no kidney stone.  Could one have formed already?

No: Kidney stones take months/years to form. If there was no kidney stone 5 weeks ago, there is essentially no chance one could form and get big enough to become a problem this quick. Please see your health care provider for further workup and possible consultation with an urologist. ...Read more

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Does kidney stones cause swollen left leg and flank pains?

No Leg swelling: But flank pain is common with kidney stones. Please see a doctor as soon as possible to diagnose your problems, since leg swelling can be due to a clot in the leg veins which is very serious and needs to be treated. ...Read more

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How prevalent is severe sciatic nerve pain with kidney stones?

How prevalent is severe sciatic nerve pain with kidney stones?

Sciatica: True sciatica is leg pain that shoots from back, down the leg past the knee. This mimics the path of the sciatic nerve, thus it's name. Mri of the spine or pelvis would serve to differentiate in most cases if exam and history is not clear. Young patients more likely to have herniated disc. Older patients, pressure from arthritic spurs. All can be treated non-surgically if not getting worsunrelated. ...Read more

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Creatinine 1.2, anemia, flank pain 2weeks post-pylo, elevated crp, c.t no stones, edema feet & hands, painful lymph. Waiting on urology. Worried. Er?

Creatinine 1.2, anemia, flank pain 2weeks post-pylo, elevated crp, c.t no stones, edema feet & hands, painful lymph. Waiting on urology. Worried. Er?

Here are some ...: Your depicted scenario suggests you got a host of acute & chronic health concerns. So, if you've no fever / chill, less flank pain over time, stable or less edema, no short of breath, you may wait for 3-5 days; if not or not sure, go to ER / urgent care / your urologist for timely attention. But, disregard of who, what, when, and how you are, always practicing low-risk healthy lifestyle.... ...Read more

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Will a kidney infection lower abdomen pain?

Will a kidney infection lower abdomen pain?

Need more info: What do you mean by a "kidney infection"? Have you seen a doctor? If you are referring to cystitis(bladder inflammation with or without infection) yes it can cause lower abdominal discomfort and frequent urination. If the pain is severe please see your doctor or the ER.Good luck. ...Read more

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What can cause right side flank pain but no ovaries or appendix. Don't have a kidney stone or kidney infection?

What can cause right side flank pain but no ovaries or appendix. Don't have a kidney stone or kidney infection?

Here are some ...: Right flank pain warns you either something is irritating your local tissues or organs or some disorders in muscles, joints, or nerves along the course of spinal nerve to right flank region. to sort these things out is not that difficulty by systemically analyzing the onset, degree, duration, interval, evolution, & progress of the pain and its possible related Sx over time + conducting physicals . ...Read more

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Does kidney stone cause pain in leg to knee?

Does kidney stone cause pain in leg to knee?

Not usually: Howevera kidney stone bloking the uretr, which lies in top of the psoas muscle, especially if ureter is inflammed by infection, can cause muscle irritation & pain in the upper leg. ...Read more

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Sharp pain on left side near kidney what could it be. No kidney stones already checked and bloodwork ok?

?nerve pain: , sharp, stabbing flank and back pain can be due to nerve pressure from disk or spur in the vertebra. If there is no other obvious cause such as injury or strain, i recommend an evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I have SLE of nephritis, fatigue,severe joint pain butterfly rash,cough,fever,mild swelling,had blood in pee one day could it be kidney damage, flare?

I have SLE of nephritis, fatigue,severe joint pain butterfly rash,cough,fever,mild swelling,had blood in pee one day could it be kidney damage, flare?

Could be: SLE is a multi-system disease which can effect multiple organ systems. You mentioned that he already had an SLE nephritis. That could cause the hematuria. Have him see his doc soon. ...Read more

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When before a kidney stone causes kidney damage?

When before a kidney stone causes kidney damage?

It may: Sit in the kidney and never cause damage. However, if the stone obstructs the urine draining from the kidney and doesn't pass it can, over time, cause kidney damage. Infected and obstructed kidneys can become damaged quickly. ...Read more

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Kidney infection pain lasts how long?

Kidney infection pain lasts how long?

No specific time: Length of pain depends on how bad the infection is and how good your immune system is. It also depends on how sensitive the infection is to the antibiotics and how soon you start the antibiotics. The faster it gets treated or the milder the infection, the faster the pain goes away. ...Read more

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Right kidney hurts all the time, left sometimes. Does this sound like a kidney infection, or kidney stone?

Right kidney hurts all the time, left sometimes. Does this sound like a kidney infection, or kidney stone?

See below: By kidney hurting, i assume you mean flank pain. Yes, it could easily be either of those. Would get checked out, starting with a urinalysis. ...Read more

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What can cause acute inner elbow lymph node swelling golf ball size bilateral. Passed kidney stone 2 days prior.see dr 2morrow. Took flomax (tamsulosin) for stone

What can cause acute inner elbow lymph node swelling golf ball size bilateral. Passed kidney stone 2 days prior.see dr 2morrow. Took flomax (tamsulosin) for stone

Lymph node swelling: This location of lymph node swelling typically associates with an inflammatory reaction at the elbow or below, in your forearm or hand. Did you have an IV in your arm or hand? Flomax (tamsulosin) could lead to an allergic reaction but I think you would see other evidences. Are nails and fingers irritated? Do you have a rash elsewhere? ...Read more

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Female 35. 1.5x2.5" red rash spinal area above tailbone. Mild pain, light blistering. Would suspect shingles if it was in any other location. Thoughts?

Female 35. 1.5x2.5" red rash spinal area above tailbone. Mild pain, light blistering. Would suspect shingles if it was in any other location. Thoughts?

Blisters: If the eruption is only on one side of the spine, shingles is a definite possibility. If the eruptions are on both sides or in the middle other herpes infection is possibility. Since these are all treatable, I recommend that you be examined by your physician or dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Female 25 arthritis right side body. Pain in hip can't really move. Had kidney infection not sure if gone. Naseaus also infected masquito bite on leg?

Female 25 arthritis right side body. Pain in hip can't really move. Had kidney infection not sure if gone. Naseaus also infected masquito bite on leg?

Be seen: Each of the conditions you are describing should be followed and potentially treated. A check up within your primary care doctor would likely be a good place to start. ...Read more

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Would an abdominal CT scan show ulcers, gallstones or hernia? They found kidney stone on left kidney but right side hurts to, could be back, or muscle, ?

Would an abdominal CT scan show ulcers, gallstones or hernia? They found kidney stone on left kidney but right side hurts to, could be back, or muscle, ?

It can, but not : Always. Endoscopy is best test for duodenal ulcers and ultrasound for gallstones and hernias not evident on physical examination. Yes, your right sided pain could be musculoskeletal in origin. Ask your doctor for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more