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How can you tell the difference between back pain and kidney pain?

How can you tell the difference between back pain and kidney pain?

Let me try agian: Pain in the upper back that is a dull, one-sided ache, particularly if it is accompanied by fever and urinary symptoms may be real kidney pain. This may due to a kidney infection, or stone typically causes waves of sharp, intense pain, which doctors call renal colic. There's no sure way, do urine test to find out. Sometimes you could have both together this way the testing is very important. ...Read more

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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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How can I distinguish the difference between back pain and kidney pain?

How can I distinguish the difference between back pain and kidney pain?

Location: Kidney pain is usually on one side only and typically prominent to the side of the spine and below the ribs. Also, kidney pain is associated with pain traveling around to the groin on the same side with sometimes burning urine, blood in urine etc. ...Read more

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How do I know the difference between left side back pain and kidney pain?

How do I know the difference between left side back pain and kidney pain?

See answer below: To distinguish the two sources of pain one would look for associated symptoms. For example, back pain may be associated with pain in the hip, buttock, or leg while kidney pain may be associated with fever and/or painful urination. Back pain may worsen with activity while kidney pain would not. Finally, back pain should ease off when lying down while kidney pain may not. ...Read more

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Difference between back pain for kidney stone and back pain from kidney cancer?

Difference between back pain for kidney stone and back pain from kidney cancer?

Stones: Small stone can cause terrible pain; usually kidney ca painful if larger tumor more advanced. Stones far more common. ...Read more

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What is the difference between kidney pain and lower back pain?

What is the difference between kidney pain and lower back pain?

Location: Like real estate, the difference is location, location, location. Kidney pain is usually flank pain more on the sides of the back than along the spine. Low back pain is located along the spinal column in the muscles. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between real kidney pain and just lower back pain?

How can you tell the difference between real kidney pain and just lower back pain?

Spine vs kidney pain: Kidney pain is felt directly over the kidney but can radiate to the back (in other words you have pain in both areas). Back pain is felt closer to the spine and generally radiates to the hips, and back of the legs. ...Read more

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Can you actually tell the difference between kidney pain and muscular lower back pain?

Can you actually tell the difference between kidney pain and muscular lower back pain?

Yes you could: Kidney pain is severe and occurs in waves. Pain experienced in the lower back to the left and right of spine and above the hips. Back pain; dull and continuous pain becoming worse with movement. Injury to back caused by mild sprains to severe cases of slip discs, cancer etc. Pain predominant in the back due to problems in muscles, nerves, bones and joints of the spinal cord.
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How do I know if I have back pain, or kidney pain?

How do I know if I have back pain, or kidney pain?

Good question: Often difficult to tell. Easy with symptoms of kidney infection, ie fever, burning on urination or blood in urine. Kidney pain usually on or more on 1 side than both ; deep to lower ribs in back which is higher than commonest back pain which is lower. Tapping lower ribs on affected side kidney >back pain. Tender vertebrae in midline, increase in pain twisting spine or bending backwards favor back. ...Read more

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Had Cystoscopytoday and having left side back pain or kidney pain.

Had Cystoscopytoday and having left side back pain or kidney pain.

Call your MD n: Please contact the MD who did your procedure and review your symptoms. This may be expected level of discomfort, or may be symptoms of an alarming complication.

You should contact someone tonight if your pain is severe, getting worse, you have a fever, or have blood in your urine


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What to do if I have back pain, appendix or kidney pain?

What to do if I have back pain, appendix or kidney pain?

See your doctor: Any of those could be a big issue. I would see your doctor for further workup. Always good to be on top of the issue rather than chasing it down the road. ...Read more

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What is treatmetn for lower back pain or kidney pain?

What is treatmetn for lower back pain or kidney pain?

2 separate problems: For back pain, lifestyle changes are important like not smoking, weight control and regular exercise. You can use medication if no contraindications like ibuprophen or naproxen, try a back support, guided exercise & activity modification. If no better, then see your doctor for further evaluation and treatment. For kidney pain, you need to be seen and treated by your physician. ...Read more

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I went to the ER last night for kidney pain and they said I had back pain, I'm still hurting I feel like I should be admitted. Do I go back?

Probably: If your pain is not better and, as you indicate, you have confusion, I would go back to the er. Ideally would go back to the same er because they have done some work up and would make sense to build on that. ...Read more

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I'm having mid to low back pain that radiates around to my front on both sides. The pain is moderate. Could this be kidney pain what should I do?

Sounds like LBP: It is unlikely that kidney pain refers to the feet, but is very likely that you may have a pinched nerve in your back. I would see your md for an evaluation and treatment plan. ...Read more

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Is it ok for a 17 yr old to have back pain. Or would it be kidney pain? He drinks a gallon of soda a day. His urine switches from dark yellow 2 white

Is it ok for a 17 yr old to have back pain. Or would it be kidney pain? He drinks a gallon of soda a day. His urine switches from dark yellow 2 white

Let me try to help: This question is complicated I will try to make easy.
Back pain in young people should be look it carefully.1-could be from urinary tract problems. 2- could be from the bone and the disc in the back.3-could be from abdominal problems, and other reasons.
Have you young man checked out to see what is the source of the pain. As far as colors of the urine checked out. Good luck thank you. ...Read more

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