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Dr. John Landi
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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more


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Could right lower back pain be a symptom of kidney or appendix problems?

Could right lower back pain be a symptom of kidney or appendix problems?

Low back pain: The kidneys are not positioned in the low back. The appendix in most people is in the right lower part of your belly close to the groin area. Usually the pain from this is acute and very severe - extreme pain on simple movement and it generally would occur in the front before it would be in the back. Chances are you would not be well enough to post a question here! ...Read more

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How can you tell if it's from my kidneys or just plain lower back pain?

How can you tell if it's from my kidneys or just plain lower back pain?

More symptoms: Usually back pain related to kidneys happen at rest and is continuous and is associated with other symptoms ( blood in urine, fever...) if you have any of these you should call your physician. ...Read more

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Lower back pain (kidney area) when laying down, recedes after i get up and move about?

Sometimes kidney: If there is obstruction to fluid coming out of kidney there maybe less drainage when lying down. In erect position because of gravity kidneys drain more effectively.This may depend on how long in lying down position. This can be assessed by seeing doctor and imaging with ultrasound or nuclear study.Other musculoskeletal causes of pain in this area should be excluded. ...Read more

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I'm having severe lower back pain which isn't associated with cramps. Could it be my kidneys?

COULD BE/MUSCLE PAIN: Pain in back can be due to kidney stones or infection, but it is on the side where kidneys are located and will radiate towards groin but commonest cause of back pain is due to muscle pain or problem with the spine and/or pressure on the nerves if it is radiating down leg back pain needs to be evauated by your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the difference between kidney pain and lower back pain?

What is the difference between kidney pain and lower back pain?

Location: Like real estate, the difference is location, location, location. Kidney pain is usually flank pain more on the sides of the back than along the spine. Low back pain is located along the spinal column in the muscles. ...Read more

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Is lower back pain on either side your kidneys or can it be muscular?

More likley muscles: Back pain on both sides of the body are often confused with pain from the kidneys. When in doubt, see your doctor in person for a proper evaluation. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between real kidney pain and just lower back pain?

How can you tell the difference between real kidney pain and just lower back pain?

Spine vs kidney pain: Kidney pain is felt directly over the kidney but can radiate to the back (in other words you have pain in both areas). Back pain is felt closer to the spine and generally radiates to the hips, and back of the legs. ...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


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more