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Dr. Chad Levitt
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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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Swollen glands, lower back pain, constantly dehydrated and fatigued. What could be the cause?

You need to: See an internist for further examination there are many reasons you can have these symptoms. You may have a virus like mononucleosis. A doctor would be able to make a diagnosis after a thorough exam which may include bloodwork, throat culture etc. ...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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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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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 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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Is it possible that mid to lower back pain on one sidecould be a problem with the kidneys?

Unlikely: Causes of kidney pain commonly are related to kidney stones, infection or complications of kidney cysts such as bleeding or rupture. These are all associated with other symptoms such as fevers or blood in the urine. Isolated low back pain more likely related to musculoskeletal pain. Try stretching, yoga, exercise etc., . ...Read more

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I have had lower back pain for 2 days. I have not done any strenuous activity to cause this and I am concerned it may be kidney problems.

Back pain: If you are concerned that this may be related to your kidneys then you should make an appointment with your physician to be evaluated. ...Read more

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What is treatmetn for lower back pain or kidney pain?

What is treatmetn for lower back pain or kidney pain?

2 separate problems: For back pain, lifestyle changes are important like not smoking, weight control and regular exercise. You can use medication if no contraindications like ibuprophen or naproxen, try a back support, guided exercise & activity modification. If no better, then see your doctor for further evaluation and treatment. For kidney pain, you need to be seen and treated by your physician. ...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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Hi. Yesterday I got lower back pain. Today it’s even worse. I am sure it’s kidneys because the pain is across my lower back. It’s pain full, I have has nurafen but pain won’t go away. What should I do.?

Hi. Yesterday I got lower back pain. Today it’s even worse. I am sure it’s kidneys because the pain is across my lower back. It’s pain full, I have has nurafen but pain won’t go away. What should I do.?

Back pain: Is unfortunately a very common type of pain. Please do not self-diagnose about your kidneys. Please do see your doc for a professional diagnosis. He/she will provide treatment. In addition, search the work of John Sanford, MD, on the net for a mind-body approach to dealing w/back pain. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can you actually tell the difference between kidney pain and muscular lower back pain?

Can you actually tell the difference between kidney pain and muscular lower back pain?

Yes you could: Kidney pain is severe and occurs in waves. Pain experienced in the lower back to the left and right of spine and above the hips. Back pain; dull and continuous pain becoming worse with movement. Injury to back caused by mild sprains to severe cases of slip discs, cancer etc. Pain predominant in the back due to problems in muscles, nerves, bones and joints of the spinal cord.
Thank you. ...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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Cause of severe right side and right lower back pain? Very sharp, some swelling. Kidney? Recently had pancreatitis- related?

Cause of severe right side and right lower back pain? Very sharp, some swelling. Kidney? Recently had pancreatitis- related?

Not Pancreatitis: Right sided back pain and back pain in general can have many causes. Your pancreas is on the left side of the abdomen, and although can cause back pan, not usually on the right. Right sided back pain can be anything from your kidney to a muscle spasm. If you are at all concerned and have other symptoms, an evaluation by a physician would be helpful. ...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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Is my back ache coming from my kidneys or just plain lower back pain? What's the difference?

Pain character: Kidney pain (renal colic) is intense cramping. It tends to be right or left sided, depending on where the ureter (tube between kidney and bladder) is blocked by a passing stone. It shifts as the stone makes it way to the bladder (unless it gets stuck). Low back pain can also be crampy, but may be more diffuse. Consult your doctor or urgent care if there is blood in the urine. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy a couple days ago, could I get kidney damage from drinking the prep? I have horrible lower back pain.

Pain: Kidney damage is not common after c-scopy prep. In patients with advanced kidney disease, pre-existing, a certain prep can cause some issues. Your lower back pain in unusual and you should contact the GI doc. Pain from the kidney is unusual for what you had done. You should seek care. Even when kidney function is affected pain is not a usual symptom. ...Read more

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I had an adrenaline rush, which was followed by lower back pain, toward the kidneys. What is this, and is this a serious issue?

I had an adrenaline rush, which was followed by lower back pain, toward the kidneys. What is this, and is this a serious issue?

Unsure: These are nonspecific symptoms - I would be on the look out for this to happen again to see if there are other symptoms to see if there is n underlying condition here ...Read more

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Is it normal for lower back pain to be really bad at period I think it's kidneys plus I bleed for 3 weeks only get a week or two off : (?

See gyn-doc timely..: The most reasonable things to do are collect and pack up the related information for good care as described in http://www. Formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html and go to see your gynecologist as soon as possible. Besides, peruse articles listed in self-explained categories as shown on the HOME of www. Formefirst. Com. Thereby & together, you surely gain much insight on how to deal with many issues. .. ...Read more

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What could cause lower back pain besides kidney infection?

What could cause lower back pain besides kidney infection?

Back pain: Several organs can lead to back pain. Most of the pain arises from the lumbar spine. In females, feminine organs may also cause back pain. I would suggest you see a gynecologist for a check up to rule out such causes. If there is no problem there, see a pain physician who can properly rule out any spinal causes. ...Read more

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What does a green stool along with lower back pain in the kidney area mean?

What does a green stool along with lower back pain in the kidney area mean?

Most likely are not: Coneccting togethor. According to mayo clinic reason for green stool:diet high in green vegetables. Such as spinach, food dyes, severe diarrhea
protein hydrolysate formula, lack of
indomethacin — a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug
iron supplements
medroxyprogesterone (depo-provera), a contraceptive drug
look for another reason for the back pain (kidney). ...Read more

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Lower back pain. Off and on. Possible kidney infection? Never had one before

If infection related: Then pain is constant and progressive typically-not on and off. If no fever, chills or sweats as well as no urinary symptoms then it is unlikely related to an infection of the urinary tract especially if the pain is made worse with certain activities or positions and better with other ones. If symptoms progress then seek an evaluation from a physician in any case. ...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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If my family has a history of kidney disease and kidney transplants, should I be concerned with lower back pain?

If my family has a history of kidney disease and kidney transplants, should I be concerned with lower back pain?

May not be connected: Many types of chronic kidney disease (that would lead to kidney failure + the need for a txp) do not cause pain, including hypertension, diabetes, + glomerulonephritis. Others, such as polycystic kidney disease (they became enlarged and filled with cysts - giant blisters) + kidney stones may indeed cause pain. Persistent pain should always be evaluated by an md - disclose the family history. ...Read more

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My husband has kidney stones and lower back pain. He is otherwise healthy. At what point should they be shattered?

Ask urologist: Kidney stones cause signficant pain, sometime debilitating until eliminated. Mostly you have to suffer until they pass out. But sometimes they can become stuck at the top of the ureter or in the ureter shaft. If that persists you may suffer some kidney damage. Your husband needs to see a urologist who can assess this and protect your husband from permanent damage. ...Read more

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I'm having really bad lower back pain on my right side and my urine smells sour., could it be something with my kidneys?

I'm having really bad lower back pain on my right side and my urine smells sour., could it be something with my kidneys?

It certainly could b: Sounds like either a kidney or bladder infection. You should see someone and get a urinalysis to find out, today or tomorrow at latest. Drink plenty of fluids, especially cranberry juice (at least 8 glasses per day), and you can take acetaminophen and apply heat for pain. ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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