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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


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I'm having kidney pain when lying down, what is the cause?

I'm having kidney pain when lying down, what is the cause?

Needs to be checked: It needs to be evaluated, as it may be due to 1kidney infection 2stone in the kidney 3tumer in kidney 4pain not related to kidney but from another source. ...Read more

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What causes pain in middle back on left side (where kidney is)? A sharp pain with deep breath. Pain increases when lying down. Ice barely helps.

What causes pain in middle back on left side (where kidney is)? A sharp pain with deep breath. Pain increases when lying down. Ice barely helps.

Pain: Pain in the back rarely is kidney pain. Kidneys usually hurt when acutely obstructed due to kidney stones or other causes. Kidney pain is not associated with deep breathing or with position. The pain you describe sounds more musculoskeletal. Pain with deep breathing can also suggest lung disease. If it persists or worsens see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Lower back pain (kidney area) when laying down, recedes after i get up and move about?

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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Kidney removed a week ago. No pain around wound, extreme bruising & pain on opp side on torso & leg. Ok walking but trouble sitting/lying down.Normal?

Kidney removed a week ago. No pain around wound, extreme bruising & pain on opp side on torso & leg. Ok walking but trouble sitting/lying down.Normal?

Post-op nephrectomy : If your pain and bruising is on the opposite side of the nephrectomy, i would be concerned for a possible retro peritoneal hematoma, essentially a bruise with a collection of blood that may take long to resorb. When you stand up there is less pressure on the nerves running through that space, you will feel it more sitting. Need to talk to your surgeon about this, esp. If you take blood thinners. ...Read more

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I have lower abdominal pain on my left side only that is worse when lying down. Other than a kidney stone, could it be something else? No other symp

I have lower abdominal pain on my left side only that is worse when lying down.  Other than a kidney stone, could it be something else?  No other symp

Need ultrasound: Abdominal pain may suggest different causes, because the abdomen has many organs. You could have a left-sided ovarian cyst for example. Other causes also exist like diverticulitis or endometriosis or a fibroid. See your doc for an ultrasound or ct scan if needed. ...Read more

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I have pcnl 2 days ago on my right kidney and I am very short of breathe especially lying down?

I have pcnl 2 days ago on my right kidney and I am very short of breathe especially lying down?

Let me help you: There are complications with any surgery. And those the most common complications for your surgery. Injury to the colon injury to the renal blood vessels urinary leak may persist for a few days sepsis hydrothorax if pcnl is done through 11th intercostal space. I do believe you may have the last one on the list.Please take of it. ...Read more

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62 female,right lower back dull pain radiating to buttocks when laying down.checked kidneys,GI,ovaries removed.Getting worse!Dr.doesnt know.HELP!!

 62 female,right lower back  dull pain radiating to buttocks when laying down.checked kidneys,GI,ovaries removed.Getting worse!Dr.doesnt know.HELP!!

Back pain: Perhaps the problem is something called acute (or chronic) sacroiliitis, an inflammation of the sacroiliac joint. While not serious it can certainly be painfully annoying. Sometime, sacroiliitis can signal certain forms of arthritis such as polymyalgia rheumatica. Another possibility is piriformis syndrome and lumbar disk issues. ...Read more

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Sharp pains in chest, shoulder blade, upper/lower abdomen, middle/lower back and kidney areas. Deep breathes and laying down made it worse.

Sharp pains in chest, shoulder blade, upper/lower abdomen, middle/lower back and kidney areas. Deep breathes and laying down made it worse.

Exam Time: Your symptoms are diffuse and could reflect several different processes. You should see a medical practitioner to sort them out. You might have a lung issue, like a partially collapsed lung, a kidney problem, other abdominal problems like ulcer, appendicitis or colon irritation, and/or muscle strains. This is a good time to see a health professional. ...Read more

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Why do our kidneys work better when we are laying down! 2nd- When is our BP highest? Sitting Standing, or laying down?

Why do our kidneys work better when we are laying down!

2nd- When is our BP highest? Sitting Standing, or laying down?

BP should be steady: Regarding our kidneys it does not matter if we lie down or stand up. They function the same irrespective of how we are standing or lying down. The same goes with our BP if we are healthy. If you are healthy BP should not change because the body has systems that keep it in a narrow range. But for some people that system does not work and their BP is normal lying down, but falls as they stand up. ...Read more

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