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I have had a lot of back pain, high blood sugars, and nausea lately. Possible signs of kidney disease?

I have had a lot of back pain, high blood sugars, and nausea lately. Possible signs of kidney disease?

Yes: Typically kidneys do not hurt. Usually back pain is musculoskeletal. Kidney pan does not change with movement, position or heat. It is usually located in the sides of the back just under the rib cage. If you have high blood sugars, you are chronically at risk of kidney disease. If acute rise think of a kidney infection especially with nausea. You need to be seen promptly. ...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


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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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I have been having stomach pain, upper left quadrant pain, low back pain intermittently for last month. I also get nauseous when laying on my stomach. My gallbladder was removed years ago. I do have hypertension, first stage kidney disease and diabetes. I

I have been having stomach pain, upper left quadrant pain, low back pain intermittently for last month. I also get nauseous when laying on my stomach. My gallbladder was removed years ago. I do have hypertension, first stage kidney disease and diabetes. I

Lots of Info: U say Stomach, I assume U mean abdominal. Gall bladder removal does not prevent gallbladder disease, still can have gravel & Pancreatitis (Bloating?). Left Quad pain ? constipation. Diabetes predisposes to Neuro-pathy which can affect everything. incl. GI tract & Muscles. U Need fiber & osmotic bowel supplement at times. U need examination by Internist & blood test to get prop specialist triage ...Read more

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Do I have kidney disease or something i keep peeing a lot and my back hurts on the left side. What is it.

Do I have kidney disease or something i keep peeing a lot and my back hurts on the left side. What is it.

Depending : Depending on other symptoms, such as frequency, burning, blood, radiation, fever and medical history, this could represent kidney stones or a urinary tract infection. A kidney stone, also known as a renal calculus is a crystalline aggregation or stone formed in the kidneys from dietary minerals, such as calcium or oxalate excreted in the urine. Stones can classified by their location in the kidney, ureter (tube leading from the kidney to the bladder), or bladder. Blockage of the ureter causes pain, most commonly felt in the flank (the area between the ribs and hip), lower abdomen and groin. In addition, patients can experience nausea, vomiting, fever, blood in the urine, pus in the urine, and painful urination. The diagnosis of kidney stones is made on the basis of information obtained from the history, physical examination, urinalysis, and radiographic studies. Ultrasound examination and blood tests may also aid in the diagnosis. A urinary tract infection (sometimes called uti) is an infection that begins in the urinary system. While any part of the urinary system can become infected, most infections involve the bladder. Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than are men. A UTI limited to your bladder can be painful and annoying. However, serious consequences can occur if a urinary tract infection spreads to your kidneys and can lead to a situation called pyelonephritis. Antibiotics are usually prescribed after a urine culture is taken. ...Read more

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I have kidney disease I am on dailysis my lower back hurts only when i lay on that side i took X-ray and the dr said he couldn't find anything wrong?

I have kidney disease I am on dailysis my lower back hurts only when i lay on that side i took X-ray and the dr said he couldn't find anything wrong?

Is it chronic pain?: Chronic lower back pain is a common problem seen in many in-center hemodialysis patients, often related to sitting in those uncomfortable chairs for 4 hours or so. If this describes you, try using a firm pillow or folded blanket to support your lower back during treatments. Also, ask your nephrologist how well-controlled your mineral/bone labs are. High PTH levels could result in bone pain. ...Read more

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Hi, What does pain on the side or back mean when you have chronic kidney disease?

Possibly UTI: Hello, Pain on sides of spine close to ribs is where kidney pain is, Kidney stones vs UTI getting worse and involving kidney can cause pain at costophrenic angle ...Read more

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Please help! what is the name of that kidney disease where the urine backs up into the kindeys?

Please help! what is the name of that kidney disease where the urine backs up into the kindeys?

Reflux: I think what you are talking about is vesicoureteral reflux (vur). This is more commonly seen in children, especially males. There is a secondary form that can be seen in adults or anyone with damaged nerves to bladder resulting in a neurogenic bladder. When the urine backs up into the kidneys hydronephrosis (swollen kidneys) can develop. ...Read more

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Have a pain in left side of the back it happened twice this second time if this could be kidney disease ?

Less likely: Things like kidney infections or kidney stones may cause back/flank pain on one side, however there are many other causes. If you have no other urinary symptoms such as pain with urination, fever, blood in urine, nausea/vomiting, it still could be a muscular issue. If the pain persists, see your doctor. Kidney failure and damage does not present with pain as the primary symptom. ...Read more

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My husband may have polymyositis, can this be treated and will he get back to normal. He cannot take Corticosteroids because of chronic kidney disease?

My husband may have polymyositis, can this be treated and will he get back to normal. He cannot take Corticosteroids because of chronic kidney disease?

Auto immune disease: Polymyositis belongs to a class of illnesses known as auto immune. other diseases in this category include lupus erythematosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. The order of business is first to make a diagnosis which includes a good history and physical as well as lab and xray. There are treatments Best to call a rheumatologist ...Read more

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Does any kind of kidney disease cause a sore back?

Does any kind of kidney disease cause a sore back?

Yes: Kidney pain is usually experienced in the back. The pain can also cause you to move uncomfortably, which can lead to further back spasms. You must address all kidney disease. Pain from kidneys is not a good thing.Kidney pain is usually on one side, but the pain can be referred to the mid-line. Most back pain is not kidney related. ...Read more

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Can any kind of kidney disease or kidney failure cause a sore back?

Can any kind of kidney disease or kidney failure cause a sore back?

Maybe: Any condition of inflammation of the kidney or ureters (emptying system for urine) might cause pain in the flank (back area). Usually, kidney pain will be to one side just under the ribs (costovertebral angle). If associated with changes in color or clarity of urine, blood in urine, then kidney more likely. If in the middle, then back more suspect. Your pcp should be able to xray and determine. ...Read more

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Could many itching spots on the back (extant for several years) be caused by the patient having polycystic kidney disease (ckd stage 3a)?

Could many itching spots on the back (extant for several years) be caused by the patient having polycystic kidney disease (ckd stage 3a)?

Not likely,,,: Polycystic kidney disease is characterized by flank pain, hematuria (blood in urine), urinary tract infection in 30s and 40s, and hypertension. Also cysts in the kidney and liver as well as berry aneurysms in the brain are characteristic. There are apparent no skin lesions that characterize this disease, unless they're due to whatever causes the urinary tract infections. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My father 60 years old kidney disease&creatinine level 8.2mg/dl.He is diabetic&bp patient, now facing dialysis.Help me bring back to normal life?

My father 60 years old kidney disease&creatinine level 8.2mg/dl.He is diabetic&bp patient, now facing dialysis.Help me bring back to normal life?

Dialysis: You father will need to start dialysis due to his kidney disease. You father is still young enough to be considered for a kidney transplant (t). If he is lucky he may be able to get a kidney and pancreas transplant that would cure both his kidney disease and diabetes. If the absence of a t he will need to be on some sort of dialysis (d). While it a new life style many patients live well on d. ...Read more

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Im scared. Been peeing much for years. I daily take excedrin. Took 24 hour urine collection. Doesnt hurt when pee. I prolly have kidney disease right?

Im scared. Been peeing much for years. I daily take excedrin. Took 24 hour urine collection. Doesnt hurt when pee. I prolly have kidney disease right?

Not sure: It's not clear what is happening but why are you taking excedrin daily? This is Aspirin with caffeine and could cause other issues for you. See what your 24 hour urine collection shows you may or may not have kidney disease. Caffeine can act like a diuretic and make you urinate more as well. ...Read more

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Kidney disease, swollen fingers around the cuticles no pus? I've use a nail liquar it helped but came back. What could this be?

Kidney disease, swollen fingers around the cuticles no pus?  I've use a nail liquar it helped but came back.  What could this be?

Swollen fingers: Are your legs also swollen? Send a photo. Any rash anywhere or fevers? Could be related to kidney issues or other illnesses. Consult with us to help. ...Read more

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I have 2 herniated disc in my lower back plus stage 3 kidney disease. Been taking tramadol for back, not working no more. What meds you recommend?

I have 2 herniated disc in my lower back plus stage 3 kidney disease. Been taking tramadol for back, not working no more. What meds you recommend?

Tramadol: In my experience, tramadol will not be the drug of choice to effectively alleviate your lower back pain as a result of 2 levels of lumbar disc herniation. Contact your prescribed physician to discuss for possible medication modification. If your physician is uncomfortable to prescribe controlled narcotic pain medication, have him or her refer you to a pain management specialist. ...Read more

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22 yo f in good health experiencing mild pains on right lower rib cage. Pain in right back when running. Kidney disease or liver cancer likely?

22 yo f in good health experiencing mild pains on right lower rib cage. Pain in right back when running. Kidney disease or liver cancer likely?

Q 4 Physiatry, Sport: A healthy runner would be unlikely to have a major illness. Hence if i saw someone in my college town practice who was 22, i would refer her to orthopedic surgery or sports medicine clinic for initial evaluation. I would not drop things there, however. I would communicate with all of the consultants, look at ehrs, speak with the patient about changes and continue to refer to specialists as needed. ...Read more

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I have tuberous sclerosis, stage 2 chronic kidney disease& aml's. Just got back from nih &doctors are concerned. How can I improve my kidney function?

I have tuberous sclerosis, stage 2 chronic kidney disease& aml's. Just got back from nih &doctors are concerned. How can I improve my kidney function?

Contact your PCP: Contact your pcp or others with intimate knowledge of your various problems.This kind of advise can only be provided after reviewing your case which is not realistic on this forum. ...Read more

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Back Pain (Definition)

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Previous Kidney Disease (Definition)

Polycystic kidney disease is a kidney disorder passed down through families in which multiple cysts form on the kidneys, causing ...Read more