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Left back and flank pain when laying down?

Left back and flank pain when laying down?

Kidney stone: There can be several causes of back and flank pain. Kidney stones and muscle spasms are two common causes of pain and you should see a physician to help determine the cause of your pain. ...Read more

Dr. Lydia Collins
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Differential Diagnosis (Definition)

Is a process of elimination, to look at several possibilities for diagnosing a probable illness, through process of elimination, to narrow those probabilities, so as a ...Read more


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Left and right flank pain, what can it be?

Left and right flank pain, what can it be?

Many possibilities: Many things can cause flank pain, from skeletal and muscle pain to referred pain from internal structures. Kidney stones, if in both kidneys could cause this. I suggest that you need a physician to examine you and help figure this out. ...Read more

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Chronic flank pain on my left side? Usually there part of the day most days.

Chronic flank pain on my left side?  Usually there part of the day most days.

Could be many things: People often mistake flank pain for kidney disease, but kidney disease rarely manifests as chronic pain. Your pain could be due to benign problems with structures near the kidney such as muscle or bone. A more serious scenario would be a tumor of the kidney or of the adjacent structures such as a sarcoma. Imaging of the area with ct scan or ultrasound will be necessary to rule these out ...Read more

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Left side flank pain since nov is now cronic pain?

Left side flank pain since nov is now cronic pain?

See details: Then have it evaluated including a ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis. This needs attention to rule out potentially serious issues. ...Read more

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What causes frequent regurgitation left flank pain and a gassy feeling?

What causes frequent regurgitation left flank pain and a gassy feeling?

The list goes on: This list can be fairly lengthy and therefore a detailed history, physical, and supporting labs/x-rays are needed to hone in. Let's list: hiatal hernia, gastric outlet obstruction, bowel obstruction, gall bladder disease, gastroparesis, stomach ulcers, tumors, and pancreatic pathology. ...Read more

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Left flank pain relief when pressure is applied,,,why?

Left flank pain relief when pressure is applied,,,why?

R/O KIDNEY STONE: UTI with Flank pain with those symptoms is concerning for kidney stone or kidney infection. You need a full exam labs urine C&S. 24 urine for stone analysis kidney ultrasound or CT.. And usually empiric antibiotic therapy pending the results. Make sure to strain your urine and try to capture any debris , it may be a kidney stone. Push fluids water/cranberry juice. Also Urology Dr of SX worsen. ...Read more

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I have cirrhosis and am experiencing both right and left flank pain. I am decompensated. Is this pain associated with the disease?

I have cirrhosis and am experiencing both right and left flank pain. I am decompensated. Is this pain associated with the disease?

Possibly : Two common things that could cause bilateral flank pain in decompensated cirrhosis are ascities and spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (sbp). The latter is a more pressing concern and usually presents with fevers/chills, but not always, and requires medical attention as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Lower right flank pain leaningmore towards back,dullpain hurts when i breathe and move or press left sidefeels like something inside,constant not appe?

Lower right flank pain leaningmore towards back,dullpain hurts when i breathe and move or press left sidefeels like something inside,constant not appe?

This could be: caused by a number of problems thus more information is needed. Any urinary problems....history of kidney stones..burning on urination?? Any recent injuries...possibly your back??? the pain could be due to pinched nerve at the T 12-L1 , L1-2 levels Ask again with more info. Dr Z ...Read more

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I have had left side severe flank pain for a month. Drs after drs & they have narrowed it down to my endometriosis. But it's never been in my flank?

I have had left side severe flank pain for a month. Drs after drs & they have narrowed it down to my endometriosis. But it's never been in my flank?

Problematic: Certainly it would be important to check for kidney stones and other infections. And to check the colon for diverticulosis. But if it is endometriosis then you would need a combination likely of medical and surgical therapy. Would recommend medical treatment first to see if there is any imporovement. ...Read more