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Left Flank Pain When Bending Forward
Left flank pain for three days. Pain gets worse over the day with bending. Have a palpable movable lump just below ribs on my back. What can this be?
Muscular: Pain seems likely though a palpable muscular lump is unusual without significant injury, like falling or being beaten. You should have this lump checked out. Meanwhile, apply heat and take Tylenol (acetaminophen). Avoid those activities that cause pain. If you have a fever, be seen immediately. ...Read more
Mild, dull left flank pain while bending down/sitting with bad posture for 2 months. Normal abs xray. Bothersome but not limiting. Muscle or kidney?
Myosotis: It is probably muscular and will resolve by itself ...Read more
Left flank pain after bending over I went to the ER before and got morphine because it was so bad, they found nothing after urine, blood and cat scan?
See below: Since the act of bending over provoked the pain this may musculoskeletal in nature. Bending over can put pressure on spine causing a strained muscle or even a herniated disc. Pain in the left flank would suggest injury to a thoracic or upper lumbar vertebrae. If all your other labs check out ok consider seeing a physiatrist or orthopedist for further evaluation. ...Read more
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
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
I am having lower back flank pain that comes and goes. Right now it is constant pain. It is on both sides but more so on the left and occurs when I am?
Bone & joint issues: By what you described, most likely, you may have some disorders of regional muscles, joints, or nerves or their combination. But, further detail in specifics, relevance, & sequence of events of all symptoms + findings of physical exam + testing as needed is essential for deducing right diagnosis for right care. To do it right, go to http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html & its related titles. ...Read more
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
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
I've had flank pain on my left side for 1 month now and it's constant. I've been to a urologist and they can't seem to figure it out. What is this?
If a specialist: Who has done a workup can't diagnose it, then unknown doctors who are answering general medical education questions on a website (who can't examine you, review your studies or take a full history) are not going to be able to. ...Read more
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
Left flank pain that comes and does.it feels like stabbing pain and its mild. Comes more with stress and too much thinking and overworking?
Needs Evaluation: See your doc-expect to have Lab Work including a UA(checking urine), possibly Ultrasound of your Kidney or a CT of your Pelvis and Kidneys. You will also be examined to see if there is possibly a musculoskeletal basis for your pain. You need to get some help working out the cause of your problem. ...Read more
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