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Dr. Louis Gallia
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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.
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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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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