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Why Do My Kidneys Hurt? (Flank Pain)

Musculoskeletal problems are the most common cause of back pain, but occasionally, it could be kidney pain. If you are experiencing pain that moves towards your side and groin area, or if you have a fever or urinary symptoms, then your kidneys could be the source.

Your Kidneys and Flank Area

Your kidneys are located below your ribs, which is why a problem with these organs can often be felt in your upper back or flank, or side area.

Kidney and Flank Pain Causes

Kidney pain, or flank pain, typically feels like a dull ache on one side of your upper back. It can be caused by a number of different infections or injuries.

The most common causes of flank or kidney pain are:

  • Kidney stones

  • Pyelonephritis — kidney infection

  • Polycystic kidney disease

  • Kidney infarction

  • Hemorrhage of the kidney

  • Kidney cancer or tumor

  • Renal vein thrombosis

In addition to kidney problems, upper back and side pain can be caused by many different things, including physical injury, arthritis, or gallbladder, or gastrointestinal diseases, so it’s important to know when to seek care.

When Should I See My Doctor About Kidney Pain?

You should see your doctor immediately if you are experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Constant, dull pain in one side of your back or flank

  • Body aches, fatigue, fever

  • Recent urinary tract infection (UTI)

The Miami Kidney Group has been treating patients in the South Florida area for over 20 years with the background and experience that is to be expected. Our nephrologist handle all forms of Kidney Disease Management, Hypertension Management and Kidney Transplant Evaluations. Call us today at 305-662-3984 to schedule your consultation today!

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