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Dr. James Krick
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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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Left side back pain on last rib for more then 1yr. Not kidney stones and colonoscopy was normal. Could it be from a car accident 2yr ago? What next?

Left side back pain on last rib for more then 1yr. Not kidney stones and colonoscopy was normal.  Could it be from a car accident 2yr ago? What next?

Yes it could: Did you fracture a rib? Could also be a musculoskeletal thing without a fracture. If painful with pressing on rib this supports musculoskeletal. Try stretching, exercises and and nsaids as needed. ...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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I think I have a kidney stone but I have heard if you have one, there will be lots of back pain. How bad is the back pain from a kidney stone?

I think I have a kidney stone but I have heard if you have one, there will be lots of back pain. How bad is the back pain from a kidney stone?

Often severe: Thereare many causes of back pain.Renal colic is when a stone is passing or moving in the kidney or ureter. The pain can be mild but it is often severe.Some women have noted it to be worse than the pain with childbirth. ...Read more

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I have back pain going into my side that felt like a little less than the kidney stone pain and i had to take a full pain pill. What could this be, what to do?

I have back pain going into my side that felt like a little less than the kidney stone pain and i had to take a full pain pill. What could this be, what to do?

Probable new stone: Degree of pain caused by kidney stones usually indicates degree of urinary obstruction present in that kidney, ; thus very variable. Some are infectious kidney stones associated with some kidney infection ; pain. Certainly kidney stone needs 2b ruled out first. Other consideration is that pain is musculo-skeletal. Your dr will certainly help. Degree of pain suggests that this isn't an emergency. ...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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Dr. George Yang
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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