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Doctor insights on: Can Kidney Stones Cause Back Pain

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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

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Kidney Stones (Definition)

Seriously- renal stones are the result of postive and negatively charged particles in urine binding together and precipitating as solids- most frequently as calcium- oxalate. This happens most often when the urine is concentrated- ie when you are dehydrated. And trying to pass these stones from the kidney to the bladder is incredibly painful. ...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

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


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