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

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

You can't: The kidneys are partly in the flanks so you can't tell just by how it feels. It depends on your other symptoms whether it's from your kidneys or its muscular. ...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


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How do tell difference between backpain and kidney flank pain?

How do tell difference between backpain and kidney flank pain?

Cvat: You can test for costovertebral angle tenderness. Basically you take your fist and gently tap the back on both sides directly below the rib cage. If there is inflammation of the kidneys such as kidney infection, or even a kidney stone this will be extremely painful. ...Read more

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Low back pressure/pain and flank pain around into lower belly. No blood in pee. Feel gassy and constipated not passing gas. History of kidney stones. ?

Low back pressure/pain and flank pain around into lower belly. No blood in pee. Feel gassy and constipated not passing gas. History of kidney stones. ?

Here are some...: Your concerns over multiple organs-systems require a comprehensive evaluation so to define which is which for good care and effective treatment. How to assure the process of good care done rightly? Follow instructions in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html and peruse related articles in the category of What to Do at Feeling Sick? & of Basics for Self-Care shown on HOME of www.ForMeFirst.com. ...Read more

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Can kidney cysts cause rather bad flank pain?

Can kidney cysts cause rather bad flank pain?

Not usually: The instances cysts causes pain are if the cysts expands rapidly as a result of bleeding into the cysts, infection , or rupture.Rarely the cysts can become large enough to press on surrounding structures including nerves and cause pain. Most cysts are benign and small and does not cause pain. ...Read more

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What is considered flank-pain, and is it always a kidney problem?

What is considered flank-pain, and is it always a kidney problem?

See below: The flank is a area below the rib cage in the back, on the sides of the spine. Some portion of the kidney lies below the rib cage in that area. All flank pain does not mean pain from kidneys and could be due strained muscle. ...Read more

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Having flank pain not constant and no other symptoms, could this be kidney related? I feel fine other than the occasional discomfort on right side

Yes: It is possible you have a urinary stone in your right ureter(the tube that urine from the kidney goes down to the bladder). You should have a plain Xray of the abdomen and also a renal sonogram. Another option is a CT scan of kidney with contrast. If the pain is severe go to the ER. If your doctor can see you tomorrow it would be less costly. In any case you need to get checked for possible stone. ...Read more

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Severe right flank pain - does that mean muscular or kidney issues?

Severe right flank pain - does that mean muscular or kidney issues?

Many possibiities: Anyone experiencing severe flank pain needs a full evaluation including imaging and blood work and urine analysis - while musculoskeletal pain is possible, other possibilities include kidney stones, pyelonephritis, appendicitis, visceral perforation, liver abcess, ascending cholangiitis etc etc. ...Read more

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Unbearable flank pain, does this mean I have a kidney stone?

Unbearable flank pain, does this mean I have a kidney stone?

Possibly: There are several possible causes for your severe flank pain. None of them can be diagnosed using health tap. Ease see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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Can kidney stones cause flank pain?

Yes: Flank pain is a common symptom of ureteral stones, which are kidney stones which have "dropped out" of the kidney and entered the ureter, the tube which carries urine to the bladder. Blockage of urine flow causes stretching of the kidney and ureter which is sensed as flank pain, often severe, sometimes radiating to the lower abdomen or groin and causing nausea/vomiting/sweating. ...Read more

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Kidney Pain (Definition)

Kidney pain is a clinical finding in which a person has pain at his kidney, often due to infection. This pain is experienced as either back pain located mid-back on one side, ...Read more