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Is it true that kidney stones can cause growing and back pain? How do doctors check for kidney stones?

Is it true that kidney stones can cause growing and back pain? How do doctors check for kidney stones?

Kidney stones: can cause severe pain in back, flank, and groin, depending on where it is passing. It can also cause ureteral obstruction and kidney infection. Diagnosis is made by checking for blood in urine and imaging tests such as ultrasound and sometimes CT scan. ...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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I usually suffer from lower back pain(flank).what are the possible causes my US is clear from kidney stone...

X-ray and/or MRI: If the pain is severe and chronic (more than 6 weeks duration), then an x-ray and subsequently possibly an MRI is what a spine specialist would normally recommend. ...Read more

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Experienced left lower back pain expected to be caused by kidney stones but UTB is normal. What else could be possible causes on this?

Experienced left lower back pain expected to be caused by kidney stones but UTB is normal. What else could be possible causes on this?

The spine: Low back pain is commonly related to arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis or strains. Issues related to spine instability are also pissible causes. See a rheumatologist or orthopedist. ...Read more

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What can cause lower back pain that radiates to my left side? It sometimes hurts all the way around my pelvic area. I have had kidney stones before.

Non-spine low back: Low back pain is very common, and can arise from back and other problems. Red flags for urgent evaluation include include history of trauma, fever, incontinence, unexplained weight loss, a cancer history, long-term steroid use, parenteral drug abuse, intense localized pain, and Inability to get comfortable. Apart from these, see your doctor to evaluate referred pain or recurrent kidney stone. ...Read more

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Cat scan shows kidney stones in both kidneys. Largest 10mm right side. Had on and off dull low back pain and blood in urine. Can they cause damage?

Cat scan shows kidney stones in both kidneys. Largest 10mm right side. Had on and off dull low back pain and blood in urine. Can they cause damage?

Yes: If the kidney stone blocks the flow of urine from the kidney, you can get permanent kidney damage, but that can take weeks to happen and is associated with severe pain. Also, kidney stones can become infected from pyelonephritis (kidney infection - not a typical urinary tract infection (uti)) and be challenging to treat. Please see your health care provider and consider a referral to urology. ...Read more

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I have back pain going into my side that felt like a little less than the kidney stone pain and i had to take a full pain pill. What could this be, what to do?

Probable new stone: Degree of pain caused by kidney stones usually indicates degree of urinary obstruction present in that kidney, ; thus very variable. Some are infectious kidney stones associated with some kidney infection ; pain. Certainly kidney stone needs 2b ruled out first. Other consideration is that pain is musculo-skeletal. Your dr will certainly help. Degree of pain suggests that this isn't an emergency. ...Read more

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I think I have a kidney stone but I have heard if you have one, there will be lots of back pain. How bad is the back pain from a kidney stone?

I think I have a kidney stone but I have heard if you have one, there will be lots of back pain. How bad is the back pain from a kidney stone?

Often severe: Thereare many causes of back pain.Renal colic is when a stone is passing or moving in the kidney or ureter. The pain can be mild but it is often severe.Some women have noted it to be worse than the pain with childbirth. ...Read more

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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

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. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a kidney stone and lower back pain?

Not always easy: Kidney stone pain is generally unaffected by movement. Patients often bend and twist trying to get relief. Pain often radiates down into groin and may change in nature as the stone moves. Low back pain tends to be associated with an inciting event, tends to change with position and is often relieved by rest. Sometimes radiates to buttock or leg and may be felt across entire back. ...Read more

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Having upper back pain it comes and goes not constant could this be kidney stone or gallbladder?

Having upper back pain it comes and goes not constant could this be kidney stone or gallbladder?

Pain: Flank pain one either side is the typical pain seen with a kidney stones. Gallbladder pain tends to be under the rib cage on the right upper abdomen ...Read more

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My husband is over weight and has 3 kidney stones that are going to be removed and bad back pain. Could the stones be causing the pain?

My husband is over weight and has 3 kidney stones that are going to be removed and bad back pain. Could the stones be causing the pain?

Possibly: The back pain with kidney stones is in the gland region which is mid back. Lower back pain in usually musculoskeletal and maybe helped by diet and exercise. Once the stones are removed, it may be easier to sort it out. All the best. ...Read more

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I have back pain/frequent urination but not kidney stones, what to do?

I have back pain/frequent urination but not kidney stones, what to do?

Get a urinalysis: Get to a doctor to have this looked at. Simple antibiotics for a UTI might take care of this. Let a doctor rule out more serious issues also. ...Read more

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What to do if I have back pain/frequent urination but not kidney stones?

What to do if I have back pain/frequent urination but not kidney stones?

Get a urinalysis: Get to a doctor to have this looked at. Simple antibiotics for a UTI might take care of this. Let a doctor rule out more serious issues also. ...Read more

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My husband has kidney stones and lower back pain. He is otherwise healthy. At what point should they be shattered?

Ask urologist: Kidney stones cause signficant pain, sometime debilitating until eliminated. Mostly you have to suffer until they pass out. But sometimes they can become stuck at the top of the ureter or in the ureter shaft. If that persists you may suffer some kidney damage. Your husband needs to see a urologist who can assess this and protect your husband from permanent damage. ...Read more

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Wife is experiencing lower left back pain, she says it feels like rib is broken, or may be kidney stone. Family has history of kidney stones...idea?

See answer : ~80% of adults experience low back pain at some point in their life. Majority is mechanical in nature, i.e. there is a strain, sprain, or disruption in the way the components of the back (the spine, muscle, intervertebral discs, and nerves) fit and move together. Kidney stone pain most often acute, severe, confined to one side and radiates around to the front. Hx, exam, urinalysis, and x-rays help ...Read more

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Left side back pain on last rib for more then 1yr. Not kidney stones and colonoscopy was normal. Could it be from a car accident 2yr ago? What next?

Left side back pain on last rib for more then 1yr. Not kidney stones and colonoscopy was normal.  Could it be from a car accident 2yr ago? What next?

Yes it could: Did you fracture a rib? Could also be a musculoskeletal thing without a fracture. If painful with pressing on rib this supports musculoskeletal. Try stretching, exercises and and nsaids as needed. ...Read more

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I passed a kidney stone a few weeks ago but have continued to have odd smelling urine as well as lower back pain (on the side of the affected kidney.)?

I passed a kidney stone a few weeks ago but have continued to have odd smelling urine as well as lower back pain (on the side of the affected kidney.)?

Best to be seen: While some soreness might be due to recent stone passage, if you are having some urine complaints (odd smell) along with lower back pain it might be best to have urinalysis and exam to look for possible infection. ...Read more

Kidney Stone (Definition)

Solutes precipitate and combine to form stones formed of calcium oxalate usually around a nidus of uric acid. Other solutes that form stones are ca and mg phosphates, cystine, and uric acid staghorn calculi form in the presence of chronic urinary tract infections. Stones can be painful, may require ...Read more


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Kidney Stones (Definition)

Small, hard mineral deposits made of minerals and acid salts that form inside your kidneys. They can be extremely painful until they pass or are ...Read more