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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


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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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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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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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I usually suffer from lower back pain(flank).what are the possible causes my US is clear from kidney stone...

X-ray and/or MRI: If the pain is severe and chronic (more than 6 weeks duration), then an x-ray and subsequently possibly an MRI is what a spine specialist would normally recommend. ...Read more

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Wife is experiencing lower left back pain, she says it feels like rib is broken, or may be kidney stone. Family has history of kidney stones...idea?

See answer : ~80% of adults experience low back pain at some point in their life. Majority is mechanical in nature, i.e. there is a strain, sprain, or disruption in the way the components of the back (the spine, muscle, intervertebral discs, and nerves) fit and move together. Kidney stone pain most often acute, severe, confined to one side and radiates around to the front. Hx, exam, urinalysis, and x-rays help ...Read more

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I passed a kidney stone a few weeks ago but have continued to have odd smelling urine as well as lower back pain (on the side of the affected kidney.)?

I passed a kidney stone a few weeks ago but have continued to have odd smelling urine as well as lower back pain (on the side of the affected kidney.)?

Best to be seen: While some soreness might be due to recent stone passage, if you are having some urine complaints (odd smell) along with lower back pain it might be best to have urinalysis and exam to look for possible infection. ...Read more

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Kidney/hip/back pain 5 weeks after stent inserted due to kidney stone, am I passing it? (Stent still in)

See answer: Patients with ureteral stents should be informed that they can expect a "variable" degree of urinary urgency, frequency, discomfort/pain, and visible blood in urine. Younger pts tend to experience these symptoms more often. Urinary tract infection, migration or obstruction of the stent, or problems related to residual stones or surgery need to be ruled out for fever or persistent, bothersome pain. ...Read more

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Have suffered chronic testicle pain for 6 months, scan showed a kidney stone, no back pain though, could this be my problem or is it something else?

Have suffered chronic testicle pain for 6 months, scan showed a kidney stone, no back pain though, could this be my problem or is it something else?

Testicular exam: If your kidney stone has not dropped into your ureter, it is unlikely that this is the cause of your problem. Seek out a urologist to have a thorough exam of your scrotum and testes. He may suggest you undergo a scrotal/ testicular ultrasound. Possible diagnoses could be inflammation of testis or epididymis, hydrocele, hernia, or tumor. Don't let it go if it has been there for 6 months. ...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?

Here are some ...: Most of times, a non-moving stone inside kidney as incidentally found with US would not hurt the stone owner. As to right groin pain, its cause can be deduced by comprehensive evaluation + physical exam + timely tests. To help move such effective process of care, follow instructions in http://www.formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html. Thereby, you'll gain useful insights on how to handle day-to-day... ...Read more

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Difference between back pain for kidney stone and back pain from kidney cancer?

Difference between back pain for kidney stone and back pain from kidney cancer?

Stones: Small stone can cause terrible pain; usually kidney ca painful if larger tumor more advanced. Stones far more common. ...Read more

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I have back pain, had CT scan, they sure it was kidney stone but couldn't see it, no pain after but today i do?

Follow up: There are often residual changes in the urinary tract soon after a stone passes. However, they should normalize in a few days or weeks. If you still have back pain, that usually means there are other reasons, that you need to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have kidney stone not blocking anything 9mm. Why do I have back pain and ovary pain? Had u/s & all good there too. Had X-ray and CT too.

I have kidney stone not blocking anything 9mm. Why do I have back pain and ovary pain? Had u/s & all good there too. Had X-ray and CT too.

In Kidney: If the stone is in kidney and not ureter (would be a boulder for the ureter) stone is probably not source of pain if infection absent. ...Read more

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I have kidney stone in mid calics. due to that i have back pain and pain in testicles. but when i have sex this pain subsides.pls suggest is it normal?

I have kidney stone in mid calics. due to that i have back pain and pain in testicles. but when i have sex this pain subsides.pls suggest is it normal?

Normal: The brain's perception of pain is a complicated phenomenon. Endorphin response to sex likely suppresses your perception of pain, however, the act of having sex probably has no effect on the actual presence, movement, or associated inflammation of the stone. ...Read more

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Pain at the side and back pain all at the right side with feeling tired and frequent urinate , is it kidney infection or kidney stone !!

Pain at the side and back pain all at the right side with feeling tired and frequent urinate , is it kidney infection or kidney stone !!

Back/flank pain: Very possibly a urinary tract infection and/or kidney stone. You should get evaluated by your primary care doctor to determine what's going on & have the proper tests. If left untreated it could lead to sepsis (blood infection) and/or kidney failure. ...Read more

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Lower to middle back pain. Hurts when I urinate. After urination my penis is still burning. Looks like a bulge in the shaft now. Kidney stone?

Lower to middle back pain. Hurts when I urinate. After urination my penis is still burning. Looks like a bulge in the shaft now. Kidney stone?

Requires exam and: lab studies, renal ultrasound. Labs should include routine urine analysis, urine culture and sensitivity, metabolic panel and a genital exam. If you are having unprotected sexual relations, you must be screened for STDs. ...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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Back Pain (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