Kidney Pain (cont.)

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How is kidney pain treated?

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Kidney pain (flank pain) treatment depends on the underlying cause of the pain. Infections and kidney stones that cause pain are often treated with ibuprofen, ketorolac (Toradol), acetaminophen (Tylenol and others) or occasionally with small amounts of morphine (kidney stones). However, these agents treat pain and not the underlying cause(s) of pain.

Infections like urinary tract infections (UTI's) and pyelonephritis usually require antibiotic treatments in addition to pain medications. If kidney stones completely block a ureter or are about 6mm in diameter, they may require urologic surgery.

Other underlying causes of flank pain may need similar pain management and concurrent treatments. However, patients with known kidney problems (kidney disease) and/or renal function compromise should not be treated with pain medications that are either filtered (removed) through the kidneys and/or may cause further renal damage.

REFERENCES:

Medscape. Causes of Flank Pain.

National Kidney Foundation. How Your Kidneys Work.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/29/2014

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