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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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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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How to tell the difference between a kidney stone and lower back pain?

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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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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I have had right lower back pain, front right discomfort under my last rib and both legs ache. What could it be? Kidney stone on the left unrelated.

I have had right lower back pain, front right discomfort under my last rib and both legs ache. What could it be? Kidney stone on the left unrelated.

Here are some ...: The feature and distribution of your described pain most likely represent the pain of musculoskeletal or neuromuscular origin, which could be differentiated by analyzing detailed Hx about the onset, degree, duration, interval, evolution, & progress of the pain and its related activities + proper physical exam + tests as needed. So, bring the information to Doc for evaluation... ...Read more

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I think I have a kidney stone. I have very severe lower back pain that is radiating into my hips, and belly. I'm also peeing a lot and I'm having a hard time walking and moving around where the pain is so severe. How will it ease? Just started today

I think I have a kidney stone. I have very severe lower back pain that is radiating into my hips, and belly. I'm also peeing a lot and I'm having a hard time walking and moving around where the pain is so severe. How will it ease? Just started today

Stones: A few pertinent facts about kidney stones: 1. Stones 5mm or less have a 66 to 85% chance of spontaneous passage. 2. Non-obstructing calculi do not cause pain. 3. Stones can move in and out of obstructing positions. 4. A urologist can be helpful even if the stone is likely to pass spontaneously, by appropriately medicating pain and prescribing a medication that may help some stones to pass. ...Read more

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Having lower back pain on right side plus hip and front pain came on very fast been told it could be kidney stones i?

Having lower back pain on right side plus hip and front pain came on very fast  been told it could be kidney stones i?

YES- kidney stone: See pmd for exam, urine test, may need us. Depending on size and location of stone specialist care may be needed. ...Read more

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What can cause lower back pain that radiates to my left side? It sometimes hurts all the way around my pelvic area. I have had kidney stones before.

Non-spine low back: Low back pain is very common, and can arise from back and other problems. Red flags for urgent evaluation include include history of trauma, fever, incontinence, unexplained weight loss, a cancer history, long-term steroid use, parenteral drug abuse, intense localized pain, and Inability to get comfortable. Apart from these, see your doctor to evaluate referred pain or recurrent kidney stone. ...Read more

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What originally started as right side pain and tenderness seemed to turn into whole lower back pain below hips. Was given an taragol. Kidney stones??

What originally started as right side pain and tenderness seemed to turn into whole lower back pain below hips. Was given an taragol. Kidney stones??

Maybe..: A number of disorders can give the type of pain you describe or part of it: kidney stones, acute appendicitis, neuralgia (pain due to nerve irritation or inflammation) and others. Each cause has its own characteristics; get it checked soon! ...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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Experienced left lower back pain expected to be caused by kidney stones but UTB is normal. What else could be possible causes on this?

Experienced left lower back pain expected to be caused by kidney stones but UTB is normal. What else could be possible causes on this?

The spine: Low back pain is commonly related to arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis or strains. Issues related to spine instability are also possble causes. See a rheumatologist or orthopedist. ...Read more

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Left testicle llq pain radiates to left lower back pain. Had CT ruled out kidney stones. H/o Crohn's and colitis. What could this be.

Unclear: Is the testicle tender and swollen? Possibility of inflammation of the testicle or epididymis needs to be considered. Sometimes, the testicle may intermittently twist on its' vascular pedicle and cause intermittent torsion with associated pain. Complete torsion can cut off the blood supply and result in loss of the testicle. If any of this sounds like you, get examined by a urologist. ...Read more

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I'm having horrible lower back pain and painful urination along with blood in my urine. Am I passing kidney stones or do you think it's a UTI?

UTI vs kidney stones: Actually, it's not uncommon to have both urinary tract infection & kidney stone. We usually think of the stone as the source of infection. Both infections & stones can cause pain & bloody urine. Fever would tip scale towards UTI. Best to see your Family Doc for diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more

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Had l spine xray and CT scan for kidney stones, all clear. Low back pain..Would l spine xray have shown lower back tumor? No stones, uti, etc.

No: An x-ray of the lumbar spine would predominantly show only bone. In general, an x-ray is not a very sensitive test to detect the specific cause of back pain in most patients. Consider requesting an MRI which shows the bone, but also shows the nerves, discs, and other soft tissues of the back and is therefore much more sensitive than an x-ray. ...Read more

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Cat scan shows kidney stones in both kidneys. Largest 10mm right side. Had on and off dull low back pain and blood in urine. Can they cause damage?

Cat scan shows kidney stones in both kidneys. Largest 10mm right side. Had on and off dull low back pain and blood in urine. Can they cause damage?

Yes: If the kidney stone blocks the flow of urine from the kidney, you can get permanent kidney damage, but that can take weeks to happen and is associated with severe pain. Also, kidney stones can become infected from pyelonephritis (kidney infection - not a typical urinary tract infection (uti)) and be challenging to treat. Please see your health care provider and consider a referral to urology. ...Read more

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Low back pain, no other sx.No uti, kidney stones, etc.Dr. Wants to send me for mri, but hasn't checked blood, etc.Is this standard for healthy 32 yo?

Low back pain, no other sx.No uti, kidney stones, etc.Dr. Wants to send me for mri, but hasn't checked blood, etc.Is this standard for healthy 32 yo?

Yes: If your back pain has been significant enough to seek medical attention and has lasted for more than six weeks, a MRI would be more helpful than lab work. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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Is there always great pain with kidney stones? On and off low back pain not severe and aching in ovary area and pinching in groin. Could it be stones

Is there always great pain with kidney stones? On and off low back pain not severe and aching in ovary area and pinching in groin. Could it be stones

Yes it could be tiny: It could be small stones or "gravel" or other things. You should see your doctor. Usually stones cause severe pain when they block the internet. ...Read more

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Could be myeloma in woman in early thirties? Only symptom is persistent low back pain.Had clear l spine xray/ clear CT scan for kidney stones. No uti.

Could be myeloma in woman in early thirties? Only symptom is persistent low back pain.Had clear l spine xray/ clear CT scan for kidney stones. No uti.

Diagnosis of myeloma: Your answer is longer than 400 characters. You can find the information you seek at this website:

http://www.Cancer.Org/cancer/multiplemyeloma/detailedguide/multiple-myeloma-diagnosis

good luck. ...Read more

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Severe low back pain, vomiting, no kidney stones. Feels like back labor, not pregnant. 29y/o female.

Severe low back pain, vomiting, no kidney stones. Feels like back labor, not pregnant. 29y/o female.

Infection: This may well be a kidney infection. Need to see your
local ER or urgicenter. This may affect the health of your kidney. This severe back pain may be muscular but must be considered otherwise for now. Muscular back pain does not usually cause vomiting. ...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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Severe low back pain. Blood & protein in urine with dehydration. Walk in clinic stated kidney stone?

Severe low back pain. Blood & protein in urine with dehydration. Walk in clinic stated kidney stone?

Consistent: Seems to be consistent with your symptoms. Have you ever passed a stone? Is the pain similar? Dehydration can cause by itself the changes in your urine. The only test that I would suggest would be imaging for the possible stone. Hydration otherwise remains key. ...Read more

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I have had lower back pain on my left side, L5 &6 for over a year. Last week I woke with excruciating pain in my lower right back, hip, pelvic like someone was stabbing me with a knife. After a CT to determine no kidney stones my orthopedic thinks it is

I have had lower back pain on my left side, L5 &6 for over a year.  Last week I woke with excruciating pain in my lower right back, hip, pelvic like someone was stabbing me with a knife.  After a CT to determine no kidney stones my orthopedic thinks it is

A few possibilities: How did you figure it was L5 &6. There are typically 5 lumbar vertebra, but some patients can have 6. Your surgeon will have to examine you, & work things up with imaging studies, given symptoms on going for over a year. A few of possible diagnosis could include sacroiliitis versus other spinal issues, vascular problem, urologic/gyn etiologies, etc. A work-up & exam will help point to a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Could I have prostatitis, or kidney stones, or what? I am a 19 year old male. I had some lower back pain and occasional burning of my urethra during urination for weeks. I went to the doctor and after urinalysis tests; he said that i didn’t have urethri

Could I have prostatitis, or kidney stones, or what? I am a 19 year old male.  I had some lower back pain and occasional burning of my urethra during urination for weeks.  I went to the doctor and after urinalysis tests; he said that i didn’t have urethri

Need a urine culture: You need both a urine culture (called a c&s) as well as testing for stds.
Kidney stones feel like someone is stabbing you in the back and are amazingly painful continually, not only when you are urinating.
For the diagnosis of prostatitis, you would need to actually have the prostate milked vis your rectum, a rather unpleasant test. ...Read more

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I did ureteroscopy surgery for left ureter stone on 25th April.still i feel a little soreness in left KUB and lower back pain near ashole. its common?

I did ureteroscopy surgery for left ureter stone on 25th April.still i feel a little soreness in left KUB and lower back pain near ashole. its common?

Ask the surgeon...: Please refer your current described concerns to the surgeon performing left ureteroscopic stone procedures who will be more and most likely able to answer than anyone online since s/he should know more about you. Clinically, such lingering discomfort is not common after ureteroscopy, yet more likely related with musculoskeletal or neuromuscular origin. ...Read more

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L spine, CT scan came back normal, only have lower back pain. No uti, stones, etc. Would l spine show lower back tumor? Dr. Says l spine was normal?

MRI: Not likely cancer. Consider a non-contrast MRI of ls spine with flexion and extension, orthopedic or rehab doctor evaluation. May just be muscular, or sacroiliac joint. ...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


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