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Can back pain be a symptoms of horseshoe kidney ?

I am 33 and just told I have a horseshoe kidney I went to doctor with severe back pain I am 33 and just told I have a horseshoe kidney I went to doctor with severe back pain I always have back pain but this was 10 times worse the acute care doc thought it might be a kidney stone even though CTscan didn t show anything she said blood showed up in my urine sample sent me home with pain pills and strainer and had me make appt with my regular doc the next day my reg doc said she thought it was more just back related as I am overweight and she said no blood really showed up in urine sample even though other doc said it did? She is the one that told me about my horseshoe kidney she ordered xrays of the back it showed calcification of the ligament and narrowing of the spinal canal then scheduled me for an MRI a couple weeks later and put me on light duty at work the MRI didn t show a whole lot and it came back as no narrowing of the spine?? Along with my back pain I sometimes get pain in my left leg and like a heaviness or numbness in it even though MRI didn t show any nerve pinching?? Back pain also seems to radiate into my sides and low abdomen this has been going on for years oh and left ankle always swells I am doing physical therapy for my back but so far its not helping I am starting to feel like I m crazy any suggestions on what s going on? Could the horseshoe kidney cause any of this? I also have PCOS(polycystic ovarian syndrome) any information would be appreciated!
Asked On : Sat, 19 Mar 2011
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Hi, Welcome to Healthcare Magic Forum.
Horseshoe Kidney is a Congenital Urologic Condition which is the most common type of Kidney fusion anomaly and is usually found as a Incidental finding. Usually it is symptomless and in rare cases it causes abdominal pain and distension as a result of urinary obstruction, vomiting. It is a predisposing factor for formation of Kidney stones, which may be the cause of back pain in your case along with spinal muscle spasm, if at all stones are not present. You said you are overweight and pain radiates to your sides and legs, it may be related to Spinal Arthritis owing to your excess weight. Intravenous pyelography CT scanning is the best initial radiologic study to determine anatomy and relative renal function. You need a thorough work up and Physical evaluation by both Orthopedist and a Urologist.
Good Luck and Take Care.
Answered: Sat, 19 Mar 2011
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