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Back Pain & Kidney Location

The back pain you are experiencing may just be your kidneys.  Located against the back muscles in the upper abdominal area, they sit opposite each other on both the left and right side of the body.  These bean-shaped organs can produce aches or sharp pain in your back from your lowest rib to the buttocks.  The back pain you feel from your kidneys could even radiate down the flank to the groin or towards the abdominal area.  Back pain and kidney location can go hand in hand so before you attribute your back pain to musical strains or spinal problems, consider it could be your kidneys causing you so much pain.

Kidney function

Your kidneys are two organs whose major functions are to remove waste products and excess fluid for the body and produce hormones that regulate blood pressure, red blood cell production, acid regulation and influence calcium, and electrolyte metabolism.

Excess waste products and excess fluid are removed when your kidneys produce urine that is excreted from the body.  Your kidneys also play an important role in regulating your body’s salt, potassium, and acid content.

Back pain – Kidney Pain

If your back pain is stemming from your kidneys you could develop a fever, dysuria (painful urination), blood in your urine; nausea and vomiting can even occur.  These symptoms will be a big indicator that your back pain is stemming from your kidneys.

Typically you will experience kidney pain on one side of your back, however it can occur on both sides simultaneously and even gravitate toward the abdomen or groin.

Your kidney pain itself is a symptom that can stem from problems or diseases of the kidney.  Kidney pain could even be associated with other renal structures such as the ureters or bladder.

The pain you feel in your back that is caused by your kidneys can occur suddenly and is sharp, severe, and can even increase and decrease in waves which is often due to problems in the renal ureters (kidney stones).

What causes kidney pain?

The pain you are experiencing in your back that is stemming from your kidneys has many causes.  Listed below are just a few:

  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Kidney Stones
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Drugs or Toxins
  • Alcohol

I think my back pain is actually kidney pain.  Now what?

Back pain and kidney location should be considered heavily if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms.  You should not postpone going to the doctor if you believe the pain you are experiencing in your back is actually kidney pain.  It is important to see your physician and take care of the underlying problem associated with your kidneys and get started on treatment. Treatment for kidney pain will depend on the diagnosis but could include pain medications or antibiotics.


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