Kidney pain symptoms
Kidney pain in itself is a symptom of many other conditions indicating that you have a problem with your urinary system. However, in most cases, the pain itself is not felt. So look out for one or more of these symptoms of kidney pain that may indicate you have the condition:
- Fever – Fever is one of the most common symptoms. Most of the time, fever, if not accompanied by the pain felt in the kidneys, will be dismissed by the patient as just ordinary fever. However, fever can be underlying symptoms that you have a kidney infection.
- Painful Urination – Difficulty urinating or experiencing pain while doing so is one of the other common symptoms of kidney pain. This is because the kidneys are primarily responsible for most of your urinary functions, so it is safe to say that having difficulty urinating can be an exctly symptom of kidney pain.
- Flank Pain – The flank is the part of your body that is located between the ribs and the hip. Flank pain is also one of the common symptoms as the side is where the kidneys are directly located. In some cases, flank pain is synonymous with kidney pain symptoms.
- Nausea – Nausea is also one of the common symptoms.
- Vomiting – Vomiting usually comes hand-in-hand with nausea.
- Fatigue – When your kidneys are not experiencing any complications, they make an erythropoietin hormone that allows your body to make red blood cells that carry oxygen. When the kidney fails as a result of kidney pain, you will get tired more quickly as there will be fewer red blood cells that carry oxygen.
- Shortness of Breath – This is in relation to the kidney’s difficulty in producing EPO’s or erythropoietin. Another reason is that your kidneys fail to remove extra fluid, and this fluid can build up in your lungs, and you will experience shortness of breath.
- Itchiness – the feeling of itching all over your body is also another kidney pain symptom most people are not aware of. Kidney pain can cause the kidney to malfunction, and this can cause a build-up of wastes in your blood and body that can cause severe itching.
- Swelling of Hands and Feet – an extra fluid that is not removed by your kidneys can cause swelling in the extremities of your body, such as in the legs, feet, hands, ankles, and your face.
- Problems with Urinating – When the kidneys experience pain, you will experience problems with one of its primary functions, namely urinating. You may urinate more often or less often, depending on the situation. When you urinate more often, you may notice that your urine is more pale-colored than usual. On the other hand, you may experience darker colored urine than usual when urinating less. You may also feel pressure when urinating.
- Different colored urine – When experiencing kidney pain symptoms, your urine may have different properties than usual. Your urine may come out more foamy or bubbly than usual, and it may take on a different color such as brown, red or purple.
Kidney pain diagnosis
Once you have experienced any of the symptoms of kidney pain stated, it may be time for you to get yourself diagnosed to determine further what is causing the pain in your kidneys. There are many ways to diagnose what kind of condition is causing pain in your kidneys. Some of the most commonly used are:
- Urinalysis – Urinalysis can easily reinforce any kidney pain symptom you may have by examining your urine. Urinalysis tests for protein, blood, and pus in your urine. The presence of protein in your urine can indicate an infection in your urinary system. However, this is not the case most of the time, as protein can be present in your urine for any number of reasons, such as a heavy physical workout. So the test can be carried out any number of times until a definite kidney pain diagnosis has been made.
- Blood Urea Nitrogen – or BUN, can be used to check for waste products in your blood. The BUN is used to measure the amount of urea nitrogen in your blood, which is a breakdown product of protein. When you take this test, make sure you tell your doctor what medications or supplements you have been taking, as some medicines such as aspirin and certain types of antibiotics can increase your BUN count.
- CT Exam – renal protocol or noncontract spiral CT, as well as renal ultrasound, can also be done to examine if the kidney pain you are experiencing is caused particularly by kidney stones.
- MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- CBC or Complete Blood Count
- Serum Creatinine Test
- GFR or Glomerular Filtration Rate
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