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I usually suffer from lower back pain(flank).what are the possible causes my US is clear from kidney stone...

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

Dr. Creighton Wright
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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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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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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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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

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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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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

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Been on topamax (topiramate) for a little over a month. Today im having lower right side back pain, should I be concerned about kidney stones? I drink a lot of h2o

Been on topamax (topiramate) for a little over a month. Today im having lower right side back pain, should I be concerned about kidney stones? I drink a lot of h2o

It is possible: Kidney stones occur in about 1% of the population taking topamax (topiramate). If you are feeling like this may be an issue, you need to inform your doctor asap and get checked for it. They may also want to change to a different medication to avoid this problem in the future. ...Read more

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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