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When should you see a doctor for kidney pain? How severe / persistent does the pain need to be?

When should you see a doctor for kidney pain? How severe / persistent does the pain need to be?

Kidney Pain?: I would like to ask what you mean by "kidney pain". Quite often, disease involving kidneys are not associated with symptoms. If you mean having low back pain, it may not be related to your kidneys unless there are other associated symptoms such as blood or odor in the urine. I do encourage you to see a primary care physician. Hope you feel better soon.

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I've had kidney pain twice in the past few weeks. I suspect a stone. When should I see a doctor?

I've had kidney pain twice in the past few weeks. I suspect a stone. When should I see a doctor?

Now: Kidney stones or other causes of kidney pain could become dangerous if ignored. You want to keep your kidneys in tip top shape, so don't ignore the pain any longer.

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What to do if kidney pain again. Yes I've seen the doc had scans?

What to do if kidney pain again. Yes I've seen the doc had scans?

Depends: On the cause. Stones, infection, etc. No standard answer.

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My dad had kidney pain. Went to a doctor, he said there's a 2.7mm stone in it. Is there any way to braek the stone naturally? Pain is less with pills.

My dad had kidney pain. Went to a doctor, he said there's a 2.7mm stone in it. Is there any way to braek the stone naturally? Pain is less with pills.

Depends: The stone & urine composition would need to be evaluated to assess the possibility of medications to dissolve it. For example, small uric acid stones can be dissolved with hydration and medication to change the ph of the urine. A stone 2.7mm in its greatest dimension would have a reasonable chance of passing on its own as well without any medications.

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Is there any STD that could cause kidney pain? My friend has sharp, intermittent pain in back, no other symptoms. Seeing doc tomorrow. Ideas?

Is there any STD that could cause kidney pain? My friend has sharp, intermittent pain in back, no other symptoms. Seeing doc tomorrow. Ideas?

Possibilities: There are many possible answers to this question, however without more information and an examination it is difficult to give specifics. See what the doctor says at the appointment.

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I have left kidney pain. Took test for a UTI came back positive for luekisites? Doctor said I don't have a uti, could it be a kidney infection?

I have left kidney pain. Took test for a UTI came back positive for luekisites? Doctor said I don't have a uti, could it be a kidney infection?

Nephrolithiasis?: Leukocytes (white blood cells) in the urine can occur with numerous conditions, including infection. Not sure how your doctor excluded infection, but it may be there. You might have kidney stones, some other form of obstructive uropathy. Go and see a urologist and be evaluated appropriately. Good luck

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What test for sure would tell you if a kink from kidney to bladder had a CT scan already doc said don't know if that causing me kidney pain few weeks?

What test for sure would tell you if a kink from kidney to bladder had a CT scan already doc said don't know if that causing me kidney pain few weeks?

See below: Assuming there was hydronephrosis on the ct (swelling of the kidney), a test called a mag3 renal scan can define if the dilation is due to obstruction. If there is no hydronephrosis, I doubt the kidney is obstructed.

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Keep haveing mild kidney pain like a dull ache had catscan doc said have kidney stones in kidneys bloodwork can't fig out why alway aching doc stumped?

Likely not kidney: In general, a stone in the kidney will not cause pain. Only if the stone leaves the kidney and either travels down to the bladder or worse, if it gets stuck in front of the kidney and obstructs the kidney, would a stone be a cause of pain. A dull ache in the back, especially if related to certain positions, is likely musculoskeletal and you should try motrin/advil, heating pads and rest.

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I recently found a lump under the skin, maybe 3/4 inch diameter under the skin near right kidney. Can't afford to see a doctor, what can I do?

I recently found a lump under the skin, maybe 3/4 inch diameter under the skin near right kidney. Can't afford to see a doctor, what can I do?

Here are alternative: Your lump may or may not be a serious problem. So you should be able to monitor it for one or two months. If it is growing in size or causes any new problems, then you have to see a doctor (you can go to the ben taub or lbj hospitals which take care of uninsured folks).

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Which type of doctor should I see to evaluate my kidneys?

Which type of doctor should I see to evaluate my kidneys?

Kidney doctor: If you need an evaluation of your kidney health, see a nephrologist. If you need help with kidney stones, bladder problems and non-medical issues with your kidneys, see a urologist. Good luck.

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I have a 9mm lesion in right kidney? Do I need to go see a doctor or will it heal itself?

I have a 9mm lesion in right kidney? Do I need to go see a doctor or will it heal itself?

What sort of lesion?: Is it a solid mass or a cystic one? Is it a stone? See your fp to review the imaging study report to get better understanding of lesion's nature. S/he can then describe a course of action. If you're having flank pain or blood in urine, definitely need to see doctor.

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A couple of months ago my doctor said that my kidney output was not what it should be and he wanted me to go see a specialist. I haven't gone yet.?

Go: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it.

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What kind of doctor to see for kidney issues?

What kind of doctor to see for kidney issues?

Kidney doctor: Depending on one's problem, one would see either a nephrologist (N) or a urologist (U). A N deals with kidney diseases while a U deals with problems with urination due to obstruction or bladder problems. If you have hypertensive disease of the kidneys, a N would be your choice. If you have a big prostate or urinary stones, a U would be the physician you go to.

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