Are Your Kidneys Causing Your Back Pain?
By Pierre Mouchette | Bits-n-Pieces
Around 8 of 10 people will have back pain at some point. Sometimes you know what happened, like trying a new workout or lifting something heavy. But muscle strains and spasms are not the only cause of back pain. There are other vital organs back there, like the kidneys.
So how do you know if your kidneys cause your back pain? The following are some ways that can help you to tell the difference.
Causes of back pain
The most common cause of back pain is a strained or inflamed muscle. The reason for the problem is not always apparent, but repetitive movements, new activities, or heavy lifting can cause it. Most back pain comes from the spine's muscles, bones, or disks.
Another source is the kidneys located in the back deep inside the body. Kidney pain often causes specific symptoms.
The following is an overview of the different causes of back pain:
How can you tell if back pain is from a kidney problem?
There is no reliable way to know if a kidney problem is the cause of back pain. But there are some important clues:
What types of kidney issues can cause pain?
Kidney pain can happen if the kidneys are swollen, blocked, or inflamed. Let’s look at the most common issues that can cause this.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) starts in the bladder. If the infection travels to the kidneys, it causes more serious pyelonephritis. Symptoms of pyelonephritis include:
The symptoms of a kidney stone include:
When should you get medical attention for back pain?
Most back pain from muscle strains and spasms improves with time and care at home. But there are some warning signs that your back pain may be something more serious:
If you have back pain with these symptoms, it’s time to get medical attention.
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