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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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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

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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I have a 3mm kidney stone just found by ultra sound. I do not have any back pain but I do have groin pain on the right side. How long to pass a stone?

I have a 3mm kidney stone just found by ultra sound. I do not have any back pain but I do have groin pain on the right side. How long to pass a stone?

Position: It all depends on the position of the stone. Given that you had an ultrasound exam i suspect the stone was found in a nonobstructing position in your kidney. These stones (at the size you mentioned especially) are rarely painful when located in the kidney. Ct scan would likely be necessary to determine if a stone is present in the ureter. ...Read more

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I have had right lower back pain, front right discomfort under my last rib and both legs ache. What could it be? Kidney stone on the left unrelated.

I have had right lower back pain, front right discomfort under my last rib and both legs ache. What could it be? Kidney stone on the left unrelated.

Here are some ...: The feature and distribution of your described pain most likely represent the pain of musculoskeletal or neuromuscular origin, which could be differentiated by analyzing detailed Hx about the onset, degree, duration, interval, evolution, & progress of the pain and its related activities + proper physical exam + tests as needed. So, bring the information to Doc for evaluation... ...Read more

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I have had lower back pain on my left side, L5 &6 for over a year. Last week I woke with excruciating pain in my lower right back, hip, pelvic like someone was stabbing me with a knife. After a CT to determine no kidney stones my orthopedic thinks it is

I have had lower back pain on my left side, L5 &6 for over a year.  Last week I woke with excruciating pain in my lower right back, hip, pelvic like someone was stabbing me with a knife.  After a CT to determine no kidney stones my orthopedic thinks it is

A few possibilities: How did you figure it was L5 &6. There are typically 5 lumbar vertebra, but some patients can have 6. Your surgeon will have to examine you, & work things up with imaging studies, given symptoms on going for over a year. A few of possible diagnosis could include sacroiliitis versus other spinal issues, vascular problem, urologic/gyn etiologies, etc. A work-up & exam will help point to a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Could i be having an allergic reaction to my antibiotics or is my kidney stones and infection getting worse? Last week i went in for back pain lower abdominal pain and painful urination they did urine blood at CT scan was told 4 kidney stones blood count

Could i be having an allergic reaction to my antibiotics or is my kidney stones and infection getting worse? Last week i went in for back pain lower abdominal pain and painful urination they did urine blood at CT scan was told 4 kidney stones blood count

Follow up with MD: You know you have kidney stones and an infection, which is not uncommon we do not know the size of the stones and the location of the stones or any hydrpnephrosis.Most stones pass down the ureters and into the bladder and their pasage through the ureters into bladder and than through the urethra may be rather painful strain the urine to find the stones and do follow up with your doc or urologist. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a kidney stone and lower back pain?

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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Having upper back pain it comes and goes not constant could this be kidney stone or gallbladder?

Having upper back pain it comes and goes not constant could this be kidney stone or gallbladder?

Pain: Flank pain one either side is the typical pain seen with a kidney stones. Gallbladder pain tends to be under the rib cage on the right upper abdomen ...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?

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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Been on topamax 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 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. 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 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


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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