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I have 4mm kidney stone w flank pain for a month. Started flomax (tamsulosin) and chanca piedra supplement 3 days ago. How long to try this b4 surgery instead?

I have 4mm kidney stone w flank pain for a month. Started flomax (tamsulosin) and chanca piedra supplement 3 days ago. How long to try this b4 surgery instead?

See below: You started flomax (tamsulosin) 3 days ago. You state that you don't want stent. It depends on the location of the stone but if you have been in pain for a month, I would be inclined to recommend endoscopic intervention if the pain management is a problem. Hope you pass it or get it taken out soon. Best wishes. ...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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+2w Kidney stone & infection. Dr. gave 7d of Cipro (ciprofloxacin) last week, but still have some flank pain, cloudy urine (floating specks), small stones. What next?

+2w Kidney stone & infection. Dr. gave 7d of Cipro (ciprofloxacin) last week, but still have some flank pain, cloudy urine (floating specks), small stones. What next?

Continue Rx and f/u: If there is obstruction and infection with kidney stone it is a potentially serious even life threatening problem. Both the obstruction and infection need to be treated and eliminated. US or other imaging can diagnose and confirm resolution of obstruction. F/u urine testing and culture can diagnose and confirm resolution of infection. ...Read more

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Having trouble urinating I'm 35 and male, have right flank pain, it's not kidney stones, had sex with my female partner last night. What is wrong?

Having trouble urinating I'm 35 and male, have right flank pain, it's not kidney stones, had sex with my female partner last night. What is wrong?

Flank pain: Flank pain may represent an infection of the kidney. An evaluation by a physician is necessary to establish a diagnosis. They may collect a sample of urine and blood. They may also perform a kidney sonogram to rule out a kidney stone or infection. ...Read more

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Can kidney stones cause flank pain?

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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Can Valium treat flank pain or kidney stone pain?

Can Valium treat flank pain or kidney stone pain?

Not pain medication: Valium can help you to relax whilst waiting for a painful kidney stone to pass or be removed. However you probably will still need pain medication in addition. ...Read more

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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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Have a bad UTI and woke up with terrible flank pain that stopped suddenly after 2 hours. Kidney stone or should I be worried?

Have a bad UTI and woke up with terrible flank pain that stopped suddenly after 2 hours. Kidney stone or should I be worried?

FLANK-LY SPEAKING: Certainly a stone would be a consideration. Symptoms may also represent the progression of your urinary tract infection; a condition called pyelonephritis or in layman's terms a "kidney infection". If the symptoms have resolved, continue your UTI medication as prescribed. If the symptoms return or worsen, follow up with the Doctor who initiated your treatment. ...Read more

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Flank pain for several days and sometimes blood in my urine. A couple days ago, the pain stopped, but still blood in my urine sometimes. Kidney stone?

Flank pain for several days and sometimes blood in my urine. A couple days ago, the pain stopped, but still blood in my urine sometimes. Kidney stone?

May be: Blood in urine needs to be investigated. It may be due to stones, infection and tumors in the kidney or urinary bladder. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with kidney stones! Flank pain. Is it possible to have this going on without infection?

Diagnosed with kidney stones! Flank pain. Is it possible to have this going on without infection?

Yes: If one of your kidneys stones moves into the ureter (the tube connecting the kidney to the bladder) it can cause flank pain. This is what is commonly referred to as passing a kidney stone. ...Read more

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Can flank pain from kidney stones be mild and move from left to right sides over a 3 week period.?

Can flank pain from kidney stones be mild and move from left to right sides over a 3 week period.?

Here are some. ..: Stone-related pain stays on the same side and will not shift from side to side, except having concomitant pain related with joint, muscles, or nerves, which is not uncommon as we age. The degree of pain widely varies from no pain to unbearable excruciating pain depending on where and how the obstruction by stone is. So, see Doc to clarify possible confusion; that is not difficult to do. Best wish ...Read more

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Left flank pain daily on wake up. Wraps from back to front. Dull unless I take a deep breath. History of kidney stones but this is different?

Left flank pain daily on wake up. Wraps from back to front. Dull unless I take a deep breath. History of kidney stones but this is different?

Could be: Pulmonary embolus, pleurisy, spleen infarct, or shingles. But anything is possible. See your doctor for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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I have had moderate right flank pain x5days. Pain scale 3 to 5. I have a history of kidney stones, but this is much milder. Should I go to ER? Worried

I have had moderate right flank pain x5days. Pain scale 3 to 5. I have a history of kidney stones, but this is much milder. Should I go to ER? Worried

Yes: Either to the ER or your doctor. Either way you need to have radiographic testing to see what is going on. If it is a stone, size, location, blocking or not....Also to get medication for the pain. Get well soon. ...Read more

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Hx of kidney stones one was called gravel and past couple days have had L flank pain but now I have pain in both sides and its radiating up to scapula?

Here are some...: The feature & distribution of the described pain seem not suggesting from kidneys and finding kidney stone from CT scan is often incidental. How to sort these things out correctly is not that hard if following instructions in http://www. Formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html; thereby, you gain much insight on how to work closely with Doc so to reach possible Dx for reasonable Rx, care, & counseling. ...Read more

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I have a 7mm kidney stone which has not moved and been having constant severe right flank pain and lower right groin pain but tests are norm please help?

I have a 7mm kidney stone which has not moved and been having constant severe right flank pain and lower right groin pain but tests are norm please help?

Kidney stones: Typically any kidney stone that drops into ureter less then 5 mm has about 90% chance of passing on its own. Anything over this may not pass on its own and intervention may be needed by a urologist. ...Read more

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Can gas pain be in your back? Sort of goes along flank pain that feels like a kidney stone is passing?

Can gas pain be in your back? Sort of goes along flank pain that feels like a kidney stone is passing?

Kidney stone.: You don't provide enough information but as old er dr. I can tell you this - in men it is worst pain and women second only to ruptured uterus. Pain makes you walk floor unlike appendicitis where lay there and movement is pain. Pain starts in area kidney inside lower level ribs and travels in flank to abdomen referring to groin. Literally makes u dance w pain. ...Read more

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What can cause moderate flank pain besides kidney stones and kidney infection?

What can cause moderate flank pain besides kidney stones and kidney infection?

Many things: There are other organs how long the flank the size of kidney including on the left side the spleen on both sides the colon, you have a liver there, the pancreas, and other things. These are things you should discuss with your physician ...Read more

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I have daily left flank pain. Wraps around to front. Dull ache unless I move or try to breathe deep. History of kidney stones and hydronephrosis?

I have daily left flank pain. Wraps around to front. Dull ache unless I move or try to breathe deep. History of kidney stones and hydronephrosis?

Kidney vrs muscle: In the setting described, a recurrent kidney system problem like infection and /or small stone is possible. Relief with deep breathing and/or movement suggests some muscular element like areas of spasm relieved with stretching. You need to be seen by your doctor and examined for a proper diagnosis of your ongoing problem. ...Read more

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I have previously had kidney stones on 4 separate occasions. I am currently experiencing left side flank pain in my back. It does not feel like it is a kidney stone. Can you suggest to type a doctor that I should see you or what this pain might be?

I have previously had kidney stones on 4 separate occasions. I am currently experiencing left side flank pain in my back. It does not feel like it is a kidney stone. Can you suggest to type a doctor that I should see you or what this pain might be?

Start with the same: One who treated you for your 4 prior kidney stone episodes as this would be the first consideration for your flank pain until otherwise ruled out. If it is ruled out then start with your primary care doctor to look for other causes. ...Read more

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I am passing a kidney stone. Since this morning I have been nausea, vomited once, flank pain and frequent urination.?

I am passing a kidney stone. Since this morning I have been nausea, vomited once, flank pain and frequent urination.?

Typical symptoms: The symptoms you describe are typical when you pass a kidney stone. Make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids. See your doctor to ensure you do not have an infection and if you need any pain medication. ...Read more

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Small kidney stones left side 3 months ago. 2 months ago, Spiral CT was negative, stones passed. Why would I still be having left flank pain?

Small kidney stones left side 3 months ago. 2 months ago, Spiral CT was negative, stones passed. Why would I still be having left flank pain?

See below: What study diagnosed the 3 stones 3mos ago? Did you pass all 3? Why was CT repeated 2mos ago? Best to talk to the doctor who ordered the study and is familiar with your case. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My urinalysis results came back normal except: WBC Esterase 2+ WBC 11-30 Crystals: Amorphous Sediment I also have mild flank pain. Kidney stones?

Crystaluria: You may have renal stones as this entity cannot be excluded, however, your findings may be due to crystals in urine. Try drinking enough water everyday so that your urine is colorless and repeat the test in 3-4 months.
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Adolescent. Lower right chronic flank pain for 3 years. Hematuria daily. History of kidney stones. Clean scans minus an ovarian cyst.

Adolescent. Lower right chronic flank pain for 3 years. Hematuria daily. History of kidney stones. Clean scans minus an ovarian cyst.

Get checked,,,: There could be several reasons for this. It could be from many bouts of infection or it could be from stones or it can be a defect in the ureter-bladder valve causing chronic reflux. It's best to go to your doctor and get more tests like an intravenous pyelogram to scan the urinary tract and a urinalysis to check the urine due to the blood and stones. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Right flank pain and pain in right groin and back. Variable chest pain (non cardiac) as well. Is this more likely from gall bladder or kidney stone?

Right flank pain and pain in right groin and back. Variable chest pain (non cardiac) as well. Is this more likely from gall bladder or kidney stone?

Kidney stone: Flank and groin pain are often caused by kidney stones that cause some degree of obstruction to the kidney or ureter. There are multiple other causes, however. You should seek a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I was prescribed penicillin for bacterial sinusitis. Can penicillin v cause orange-reddish urine? 2 months ago I had kidney stones could it be related? - so far I have no other symptoms i.e flank pain

I was prescribed penicillin for bacterial sinusitis. Can penicillin v cause orange-reddish urine? 2 months ago I had kidney stones could it be related? - so far I have no other symptoms i.e flank pain

? hematuria: Sounds more like the Kidney stone issue or some Urogenital tract issue that is most likely causing blood in the urine that you are seeing. Doubt it has anything to do with the Penicillin. See the Dr. To get the hematuria assessed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with kidney stones on Monday. I woke up with worsening severe flank pain and body aches and blood in urine. Should I go back to er?

I was diagnosed with kidney stones on Monday. I woke up with worsening severe flank pain and body aches and blood in urine. Should I go back to er?

First try to reach: The doctor that ER doctor referred you to see after your previous ER visit (urologist), if unable to reach then go to ER ...Read more

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History of kidney stones. Intermittent flank pain and pain below rib cage. No UTI symptoms, but home urine test showed 500+ leukocyte and no nitrate?

History of kidney stones. Intermittent flank pain and pain below rib cage. No UTI symptoms, but home urine test showed 500+ leukocyte and no nitrate?

Renal colic?: While technically speaking we should keep our mind open to other possibilities for your symptoms, they could be consistent with a passing kidney stone. The leukocytes could be suggestive of resultant inflammation. ...Read more

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I've had 4mm kidney stone (per xray) causing flank pain for 1 month. My pcp won't refer me to urologist w/out CT scan but I don't want the radiation.?

I've had 4mm kidney stone (per xray) causing flank pain for 1 month. My pcp won't refer me to urologist w/out CT scan but I don't want the radiation.?

You have good point: Yes your are right, speak to PCP again may refer you to urologist. Unfortunately that stone was there for 1 month Yes CT with contrast will give negligible radiation but gives valuable information in managing your case, location, reason why it got stuck for 1 month, status of ureter, need for intervention etc ...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


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Kidney Stones (Definition)

Small, hard mineral deposits made of minerals and acid salts that form inside your kidneys. They can be extremely painful until they pass or are ...Read more