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Is lower back pain a symptom of kidney disease?

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Posted on Thu, 26 Nov 2015
Question: I have some lower moderate back discomfort. It relieves the discomfort some when I press on my abdomen. Started yesterday. Wondering if this could be kidney related? I haven't noticed any blood in my urine. The back discomfort is more of an ache..
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Hanif (46 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Have different causes..some diagnostic tests are needed !!!

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for the consultation at my virtual clinic!
I have carefully worked through your case, and can well realize your health worries. Being your physician, I will take care all of your medical concerns today and will put my best efforts to get you out of this situation.


The discomfort or pain if related to the kidneys, may have more intense presentation than you have.

Kidney pain due to stones is very severe. Yes--you may have mild to moderate pain in case of infection involving kidneys.


You need to go for an ultrasound kidney ureter and bladder; Urine complete analysis and Urine culture and sensitivity to completely rule out the kidney disease involved in this case.


Other causes for this back discomfort may be:-
Muscular spasm.
Constipation.
Indigestion.

For that a thorough physical examination is needed to see if this is a muscular spasm pain (and if there is no associated gastrointestinal symptoms).


For spasm of the back muscles:-
Apply Voltaren gel, massage gently and apply heat pad.
Apply ThermaCare HeatWraps on the back muscles for soothing effects.
Take Excedrin by mouth for pain.


Avoid bending forward and lifting weights until get better. Hope I answered all of your questions. Let me know if you have further clinical concerns or doubts. I will be more than happy to get back to you with expert opinion. Please don't forget to give Five Star rating to help me assist my patients in a better way; and, please don't forget to 'Close This Discussion'.
For any disease you have, a timely follow-up is very necessary regarding the treatment efficacy and to see if there is a need to change the treatment options. So keep a follow up to see how you doing (Always write down my name in the start of your questions at this forum & I will be with you in no time).


Regards!
DR. XXXXXXX HANIF
USA

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Is lower back pain a symptom of kidney disease?

Brief Answer: Have different causes..some diagnostic tests are needed !!! Detailed Answer: Thanks for the consultation at my virtual clinic! I have carefully worked through your case, and can well realize your health worries. Being your physician, I will take care all of your medical concerns today and will put my best efforts to get you out of this situation. The discomfort or pain if related to the kidneys, may have more intense presentation than you have. Kidney pain due to stones is very severe. Yes--you may have mild to moderate pain in case of infection involving kidneys. You need to go for an ultrasound kidney ureter and bladder; Urine complete analysis and Urine culture and sensitivity to completely rule out the kidney disease involved in this case. Other causes for this back discomfort may be:- Muscular spasm. Constipation. Indigestion. For that a thorough physical examination is needed to see if this is a muscular spasm pain (and if there is no associated gastrointestinal symptoms). For spasm of the back muscles:- Apply Voltaren gel, massage gently and apply heat pad. Apply ThermaCare HeatWraps on the back muscles for soothing effects. Take Excedrin by mouth for pain. Avoid bending forward and lifting weights until get better. Hope I answered all of your questions. Let me know if you have further clinical concerns or doubts. I will be more than happy to get back to you with expert opinion. Please don't forget to give Five Star rating to help me assist my patients in a better way; and, please don't forget to 'Close This Discussion'. For any disease you have, a timely follow-up is very necessary regarding the treatment efficacy and to see if there is a need to change the treatment options. So keep a follow up to see how you doing (Always write down my name in the start of your questions at this forum & I will be with you in no time). Regards! DR. XXXXXXX HANIF USA