What Is Kidney Pain?
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:
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Morphine (for painful kidney stones)
- Patients with known kidney problems should be cautious with pain medications that are filtered through the kidneys, because this may cause further renal damage.
In some cases, kidney stones may require surgical removal.