Kidney Pain (cont.)

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What are the symptoms of kidney pain?

The symptom of kidney pain (also termed renal or flank pain) are discomfort (acute or chronic) or aches or sharp pain that occurs in the back between approximately the lowest rib and the buttock. Depending on the cause of the pain, it may radiate down the flank to the groin or toward the abdominal area. Some individuals may develop these symptoms: 

Kidney pain itself is a symptom that may happen due to problems or diseases of the kidney or its associated renal structures like the ureters or bladder. However, other diseases may mimic kidney pain but are not due to the kidneys. For example, muscle strains in the back, spinal problems (fractures, abscesses), shingles, aortic abdominal aneurysm, and gynecological problems may mimic kidney or flank pain.

Although kidney pain often occurs on one side of the back, it can occur on both sides at the same time and may radiate toward the abdomen or groin.

Pain that occurs suddenly is sharp, severe and may increase and decrease in waves is often due to problems in the renal ureters (kidney stones). Pain caused by kidney stones is termed renal colic.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/29/2014

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