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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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Side Pain (Definition)

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