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Could intermittent flank pain be a sign of renal failure or something else?

Could intermittent flank pain be a sign of renal failure or something else?

Not renal failure: Intermittent flank pain may be related to kidney stones. Could also be related to a kidney cyst or chronic pyelonephritis but not kidney failure. Only way could be sign of failure would be if you had lost virtually all your kidney function in both kidneys and had an obstructing stone in one kidney. ...Read more

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
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Kidney Failure (Definition)

A condition in which your kidneys suddenly stop working normally. Since your kidneys remove waste products and help balance water and salt and other minerals (electrolytes) in your blood, when your kidneys stop working, waste products, fluids, and electrolytes build up in your body. This can cause problems ...Read more


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I have only 1 kidney which is enlarged w/ recent flank pain & blood in urine. Kidney failure runs in family. What do you think this is & how serious?

I have only 1 kidney which is enlarged w/ recent flank pain & blood in urine. Kidney failure runs in family. What do you think this is & how serious?

See doctor: Should consult physician. Hematuria and flank pain can be from stones, infection, and tumor. Various blood tests and imaging tests may have to be performed. Having only one kidney, the function of this kidney needs to be preserved. ...Read more

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21.6'2 290 pounds .had back problems since I was 16. Pain lower back obviously by kidneys No prob peeing. light color. Renal failure? Infection? Help

 21.6'2 290 pounds .had back problems since I was 16. Pain lower back obviously by kidneys No prob peeing. light color. Renal failure? Infection? Help

Be seen: It would really take a detailed history, exam, and appropriate studies to accurately diagnose the cause of your pain and then based upon an accurate diagnosis, a full discussion about treatment options. I would not hesitate to be seen and fully evaluated. ...Read more

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Intermittent back flank pain sharp it really hurts lasts no longer than 10 second what could it be ?

Intermittent back flank pain sharp it really hurts lasts no longer than 10 second what could it be ?

Urine test: It may be muscular, but in that area if there is a renal infection, there may be flank pain. A urinalysis can help to indicate if there is a problem. ...Read more

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What might cause mild, intermittent right flank pain in otherwise healthy, asymptomatic patient?

Flank pain: could be from a radiculopathy in the distribution of a nerve in that area, from the underlying muscles or from the kidneys. The latter often radiates down to the groin and/or the testicles. check for evidence of stones in the kidney or ureter. An ultrasound of the kidneys will rule out some of these issues ...Read more

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Can appendicitis pain be intermittent? I have some lower right abdominal and flank pain over 48hrs but not only few hours at night. Gone during day.

Can appendicitis pain be intermittent? I have some lower right abdominal and flank pain over 48hrs but not only few hours at night. Gone during day.

Unlikely: Appendicitis pain is unlikely to come and go.It generally comes and grows.A pattern of pain more likely to act as you have described is common with kidney stones. Stones trying to pass down the ureter will often cause intermittent lower abdominal and flank pain that can go on for days. Many will pass with good hydration but some need to be removed by a urologist. ...Read more

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Intermittent back flank pain sharp it really hurts lasts no longer than 10 seconds only occurs when moving arm or is in a uncomfortable position ?

Intermittent back flank pain sharp it really hurts lasts no longer than 10 seconds only occurs when moving arm or is in a uncomfortable position ?

Back pain: This sounds like it could be a pulled muscle in your Loback given the fact that it hurts when you move. However this location is also concerning for internal problems such as kidney stones which is less likely given your symptoms. ...Read more

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I'm having dull left-sided flank pain with intermittent sharp pelvic pain and a 101.5 fever. I'm 4.5 wks pregnant. Could this be ectopic or early m/c?

I'm having dull left-sided flank pain with intermittent sharp pelvic pain and a 101.5 fever. I'm 4.5 wks pregnant. Could this be ectopic or early m/c?

Flank pain/ fever: Seek immediate attention in an ER. Could be a renal stones or pyelonephritis as well as uterine pathology., less likely diverticulitis. Fever of 101.5 is worrisome in anyone especially a pregnant female. You may need IV antibiotics. ...Read more

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6 weeks pregnant, got sudden onset of dull right flank pain, no vaginal bleeding, hcg of >1500. Could these be signs of ectopic pregnancy?

Evaluation: If you are in early pregnancy with new onset of pain then evaluation by your Obgyn is needed. A sonogram can be done to make sure there is a normal pregnancy seen located inside of the uterus. ...Read more

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Does Adderall affect kidneys and/or gall bladder? I've been taking 20mg bid off and on for a few years. About a year ago i started having some mild intermittent r flank pain, and requested a liver panel....All wnl. But very recently, like within the last

Does Adderall affect kidneys and/or gall bladder? I've been taking 20mg bid off and on for a few years. About a year ago i started having some mild intermittent r flank pain, and requested a liver panel....All wnl. But very recently, like within the last

None: I have not seen problems with Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and internal organs. You could be passing a stone or have problems with ovaries. Should see your md and have this check out. Better save then sorry! watch out for sodas this could cause a stone formation. Keep well hydrated, water. ...Read more

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27yr old female with pyelonephritis, symptomatic low blood pressure, r flank pain and intermittent l chest pain, on antibiotics; what can I do?

See below: Hopefully you had a urine culture done and are on an antibiotic to which the causative bacteria is susceptible. Treatment should last 10-14 days depending on the antibiotic chosen. It is a good idea to have a renal ultrasound done to be sure you do not have any kidney stones or obstruction. Fever and flank pain may take 3-4 days to resolve after start of effective antibiotic rx. ...Read more

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Side Pain (Definition)

Side pain = pain / discomfort of the torso ...Read more