Health problems that cause sore kidneys

There are several different things that can go wrong with the kidneys, and they all result in sore kidneys.  However, sometimes it can be difficult to tell the difference between sore kidneys and pain in a different body part.  This is why it’s important to recognize the symptoms of kidney problems and get them checked out.

One important thing to note is that kidney pain is usually felt in the lower back.  However, not all lower back pain is caused by kidney problems.  This is why it can be so difficult to differentiate between back pain and kidney pain.

Kidney stones

The most common cause of sore kidneys is kidney stones.  A kidney stone is a hardened lump that becomes stuck in the tube that connects the kidneys with the bladder.  The stone blocks the flow of urine, and it gets backed up into the kidney. 

One way to tell if kidney pain is caused by kidney stones is if the pain comes in waves and is very severe.  Some people say the kidney pain from stones is as severe as childbirth.  If the pain is constant or more of a dull aching sensation, then it probably isn’t caused by kidney stones. 

Treatment for kidney stones is usually very simple.  In most cases, the stones will be passed in the urine.  On average, it takes about two weeks for a stone to pass, and it is usually very painful.  Doctors will usually prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain.  Also drinking plenty of fluids will help flush the stone out of your system.  In rare cases, surgery may be required, especially if the stones are blocking the urinary tract or if you also have an infection. 

Kidney infections

Kidney infections are also very common, and they cause inflammation in the kidney.  The pain associated with kidney infections is usually a very sharp, aching pain.  If you have a kidney infection, then chances are that no one will even be able to go near your kidney area.  The doctor may just barely touch your kidney in the back and actually cause even more pain.

Usually the treatment for a kidney infection involves antibiotics.  It is very important that you take the entire course of antibiotics, even if you begin to feel better just a few days after you start taking them.  If the kidney infection is very severe, then the doctor will admit you to the hospital and give you IV antibiotics.

Kidney failure

Kidney failure is much less common than the other two kidney problems already discussed, but it is just as important to recognize the signs early.  After all, kidney dialysis can help stretch out the length of time before a new kidney is needed, so the earlier the diagnosis, the better.  Early stage kidney failure is usually diagnosed by a blood test to measure the amount of creatinine in your blood.  The amount of this enzyme indicates just how far along the kidney failure is.  The only real treatment for kidney failure is dialysis and, eventually, kidney transplant.


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