Kidney Pain

Kidney pain facts

  • The function and purpose of the kidneys are to remove excess fluid and waste products from the body.
  • The kidneys are located in the upper abdominal area against the back muscles on both the left and right side of the body
  • Kidney pain and back pain can be difficult to distinguish, but kidney pain is usually deeper and higher in the back located under the ribs while the muscle pain with common back injury tends to be lower in the back.
  • Causes of kidney pain are mainly urinary tract infections and kidney stones. However, there are many other causes of kidney pain
  • If a woman is pregnant and has kidney pain she should contact her doctor.
  • Symptoms of kidney pain may include
  • Kidney pain can be on the left, right, or both sides.
  • Causes of kidney pain are diagnosed with the patient's history and physical examination, and lab tests including blood, pregnancy, and urine tests. A CT scan or MRI of the abdomen and pelvis may be ordered.
  • Treatment for the cause of kidney pain depends upon the underlying cause but in general, ibuprofen (Motrin), ketorolac (Toradol) and/or acetaminophen (Tylenol) are used for pain. Antibiotics are usually required if the underlying cause is bacterial infection.
  • Kidney pain can be prevented by avoiding those situations that are the underlying causes of kidney infection and/or damage.
  • The prognosis for someone with kidney pain depends upon the cause and the majority of patients can have a good outcome when treated quickly and appropriately. Continue Reading
Reviewed on 8/31/2015


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