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Dr. Faisal Ahmed
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Kidney Pain (Overview)

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, or as flank pain.


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What causes kidney pain?

What causes kidney pain?

Renal capsule: Kidney pain is caused classically because of distension or stretching of the renal capsule. This happens with blockages (stones) and infection most commonly. A kidney stone not causing blockage or simple cystitis (uti without kidney involvement) does not typically cause pain. The pain is mediated via the vagus nerve which explains the associated nausea, sweating, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Faisal Ahmed
272 doctors shared insights

Kidney Pain (Overview)

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, or as flank pain.


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How can kidney pain be distinguished from other types of pain?

How can kidney pain be distinguished from other types of pain?

See below: Most commonly kidney pain occurs in the loin area ie your back , at the sides of the spine, around the lower part of your rib cage.Again pain occurs most commonly from either a stone/stones or infection. The pain may travel down the front of the abdomen. A medical examination is required to distinguish it from other causes of pain. ...Read more

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Living with Ongoing Pain (Tip)

Living with Ongoing Pain

There is a specialty for pain management. ...See more

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
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Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
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When should you see a doctor for kidney pain? How severe / persistent does the pain need to be?

When should you see a doctor for kidney pain?  How severe / persistent does the pain need to be?

Kidney Pain?: I would like to ask what you mean by "kidney pain". Quite often, disease involving kidneys are not associated with symptoms. If you mean having low back pain, it may not be related to your kidneys unless there are other associated symptoms such as blood or odor in the urine. I do encourage you to see a primary care physician. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor treats kidney problems?

What kind of doctor treats kidney problems?

Nephrology/urology: In addition to primary care providers, nephrologists and urologists specialize in kidney disorders. Nephrologists are the medical specialists, urologists are surgical specialists. ...Read more

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Managing Mild Kidney Failure (Checklist)

Make certain your blood pressure is at the low prescribed target
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Make certain your cholesterol has been monitored and treated
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Make certain your blood sugars are well managed
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Minimize weight gain and lose weight if you are overweight.
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What does it mean if I have kidney pain when breathing?

What does it mean if I have kidney pain when breathing?

Not be kidney pain?: Abdominal pain with breathing is due to moving of diaphragm. It does not have to be kidney pain as other factors are possible e.g. Lower end of lungs due to pleurisy. The kidneys do not feel pain unless the capsule around it is inflamed or distended. Poss kidney infection or stone disease. But see your doc to evaluate location of pain and may be do an ultrasound if needed. ...Read more

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What's the best way to treat kidney pain?

What's the best way to treat kidney pain?

Treat problem: Firstly you need to establish that "kidney pain" is in fact from the kidney and not from bowel, spine or back muscles. You need to have a kidney ultrasound and possible a ct scan. Kidney stones, if present and causing obstruction, should be abolished. Stone obstruction can be immediately relieved by placing a jj stent. Treat kidney infections orall kinds of urinary obstruction and bladder reflux. ...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