Humans have two kidneys that are located in front of the spine and below the ribs. The symptoms you have indicate that the pain in these areas is due to bone and muscle problems in the spine or the source of your kidney pain.

In this article, the experienced doctors of our specialized group will answer your questions about how to separate back pain from kidney pain.


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How to differentiate back pain from kidney problems?

We said that your clinical signs will be the key to this distinction, but how?

The difference in pain you feel can be distinguished in the following ways:


Characteristics of kidney pain

In the following, we will examine the characteristics of pain of renal origin:

Pain originating from the kidneys is usually felt in the sides or flanks

Where are the flanks?

Area on either side of your spine between the bottom of your ribcage and your hip

The pain will often be unilateral and sometimes bilateral

Kidney pain can be divided into two categories:

  1. Severe pain:

Kidney-related pain was often severe

  1. Mild pain:

Secondary pain to inflammation and infections of the kidneys fall into this category


What causes worsening kidney pain of renal origin?

Kidney pain usually does not get worse with a certain position and movement (unlike skeletal back pain)

Kidney pain often goes away and heals only when the cause has been eliminated, such as kidney stones.


Symptoms of kidney pain

Back pain originating in the kidneys has symptoms that can help differentiate them from back and lower back pain.

Inflammation of the kidneys or kidney stones can be accompanied by the following symptoms:


Symptoms of back pain of non-renal origin

Now that we know the characteristics of back pain of renal origin, we will briefly look at the characteristics of back pain of non-renal origin.

Most back pain is caused by problems with muscles, nerves and bones

The characteristics of these pains are:

Pain can affect any part of your back and lower back, but is often felt in the lower back.

We said that being under stress and inflammation of the nerves can cause radicular pain that spreads to the buttocks, thighs, legs and feet.

Acute pain: for days to weeks

Sub-acute pain: for six weeks to three months

Chronic pain: for more than three months

These pains are often exacerbated by standing or sitting for long periods of time and are reduced by changing position and walking.

Back and lumbar pain (mild to moderate) that does not originate in the kidneys, usually improve without consulting a doctor and by reducing painful activities and two days of rest and taking OTC painkillers and anti-inflammatory or anti-spasmodic drugs.