What Does It Feel Like When Your Kidneys Hurt?

Reviewed on 10/29/2020

What Is Kidney Pain?

Kidney pain is usually localized to the lower back, but may radiate through the groin. It may be dull or sharp or come in waves.
Kidney pain is usually localized to the lower back, but may radiate through the groin. It may be dull or sharp or come in waves.
The kidneys are bean-shaped organs, each about the size of a fist located in the back of the abdomen, just under the ribcage, on each side of the spine. Kidney pain is pain that originates in the area of the kidneys, on the sides or middle to upper back. It may occur on one or both sides.

What Are Symptoms of Kidney Pain?

Symptoms of kidney pain occur in the area of the kidneys, on the sides or middle to upper back, on one or both sides, and feels like: 

  • A constant, dull ache in the sides, back, or belly
  • Pain in the side
  • Severe or sharp pain
  • Pain may come in waves
  • Pain may radiate to the belly or groin area

Depending on the cause of the kidney pain, symptoms that may accompany it include: 

What Causes Kidney Pain?

Possible causes of kidney pain include:

How Is Kidney Pain Diagnosed?

To diagnose the cause of the kidney pain, certain tests may be indicated, such as:

What Is the Treatment for Kidney Pain?

Treatment for kidney pain depends on the cause. 

Medications may help relieve pain, such as:

If kidney pain is due to a kidney infection (pyelonephritis) or urinary tract infection (UTI), antibiotics may be prescribed. 

In some cases, kidney stones may require surgical removal.

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Reviewed on 10/29/2020
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