A kidney pain is a constant pain that feels like a dull ache on one side of the upper part of the back or flank.
How do you know when you are experiencing kidney pain and not just a simple back pain caused by muscle-related problems? A simple flank or back pain can be attributed to other conditions easily because the symptoms of kidney problems do not reveal right away.
It takes time for these symptoms to show and they usually show in the very late stages when there are large amounts of protein found in the urine or the kidneys are already failing.
The best way to know if you are experiencing kidney pain is to seek medical attention.
A doctor usually does a short interview about what and how a patient is feeling and will let him/her describe the pain that he/she is feeling. The doctor usually asks other symptoms that the patient might be feeling aside from the flank or back pain. There is also a short interview to ask about a patient’s medical and family history. A physical examination is done to check for signs and symptoms that match certain conditions. If the condition is not diagnosed after doing a physical examination, the doctor recommends some other tests to check for other possible causes. These tests may be blood tests, urinalysis, abdominal ultrasound, CT or MRI scans.
Before going to the doctor for a check-up, evaluate yourself and check for other symptoms that you are experiencing which might be associated with kidney pain:
1.You have a fever
A kidney pain is a flank pain coupled with a high body temperature. Infections in the body whether caused by virus or bacteria usually cause fever. Fever is the body’s response to infection and to illnesses. It’s the body’s defense mechanism against infections. A kidney pain accompanied by fever means that one or both of your kidneys have an infection.2.
2.You are having chills
Experiencing discomfort in the back and abdomen coupled with fever and chills indicates a kidney problem. Individuals with kidney pain usually get chills and they feel cold all the time even if it’s hot or other people surrounding them feel warm.
3.You feel tired all the time, have trouble concentrating, or have less energy
A decrease in the proper functioning of the kidneys causes a buildup of impurities and toxins in the blood. Kidneys that are functioning properly produce erythropoietin (EPO), a hormone that governs the body to create red blood cells carrying oxygen. When kidneys fail, they produce less EPO causing fewer red blood cells to carry oxygen. Anemia is one of the complications of kidney disease and it causes fatigue and weakness. Anemia makes the brain and muscles tire easily that’s why you feel tired, have trouble concentrating, and have less energy.
4.You feel the urge to urinate more than the usual
When the kidney filters are impaired, it increases the urge to urinate. Kidney makes urine so when the kidney is failing, the urine changes as well. You feel the urge to urinate more often especially at night.
5.Your urine is bubbly or foamy
Kidney problems result in more protein in the urine. The bubbles or foam indicate protein in the urine. The foam looks similar as the foam formed when scrambling eggs because the protein albumin is a common protein found both in eggs and in urine.
6.You have an upset stomach and poor appetite and you experience nausea and vomiting
A reduced kidney function brings about a severe accumulation of toxins and wastes in the blood which causes nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite.
7.You have itchy and dry skin
Some of the functions of kidneys are to remove toxins and extra fluid from the body, help keep bones strong, work to keep the right amount of minerals in the blood and help produce red blood cells. Kidney problems interrupt the proper functioning of the kidneys which means that the kidneys are no longer able to keep up with the right balance of nutrients and minerals in the blood. Itchy and dry skin are brought about by the accumulation of toxins in the blood and may also be symptoms of a bone and mineral disease which are associated with kidney disease.
8.Your hands, feet, and ankles are swelling
Decreased kidney function results in sodium retention where the kidneys are not able to remove extra fluids and these extra fluids build up in the body causing swelling in the hands, legs, feet, or ankles. The swelling in the lower extremities may also be a sign of liver disease, chronic leg vein problems, and heart disease.
9.Your urine is either red, brown, or purple in color
This is a sign that there is blood in your urine. Normal functioning kidneys normally keep the red blood cells in the body when filtering toxins from the blood to create urine.
Once the kidney filters are damaged, these red blood cells begin to transpire into the urine. Blood in the urine indicates infection, kidney stones, or tumors.
10.Your muscles are cramping
Damaged kidney function causes imbalances in the electrolyte. Poorly controlled phosphorous and low calcium levels can result in muscle cramping.
11.You have difficulty sleeping
Sleep apnea can be associated with kidney problems. When the kidneys are failing and are not filtering properly, the toxins remain in the blood instead of leaving the body through the urine. These toxins in the blood give you troubles in sleeping.