Kidney pain

The kidneys are responsible for removing excess fluid and waste from the body. They are located under the rib cage on either side of the spine. Pain in and around the kidneys can be caused by a number of different factors and are often mistaken for back pain. Kidney pain can either be felt in one or both of the kidneys, this will be different depending on the cause of the pain.

Pain in the kidneys is most commonly caused by a kidney infection or kidney stones, however it can also be linked to other causes, such as a trauma to the area, kidney cysts, bleeding in the kidneys and blood clots within the kidneys. If you are pregnant and experiencing pain around the kidneys, you should go and see your doctor.

Symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Pain while urinating
  • Pain in the flank (area between the hips and ribs)
  • Nausea and/or vomiting

Kidney pain can be felt on the left, right or both sides. If you are suffering from kidney pain, your GP will usually run some tests, which can include a urine sample and blood test. You may need to have scans, such as an ultrasound or CT scan, to identify any abnormalities that may be causing the pain.

Depending on the diagnosis, the treatment options will vary. For example, if you are found to have a kidney infection, you will be put on a course of antibiotics to treat the infection. If you have kidney stones, you may need to have surgery.

If you would like to see Mr Anson regarding a treatment plan or diagnosis for kidney-related pain, please contact us and a member of our team will be more than happy to help you.

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