Kidney Pain & Problems

Male Kidney Issues & Pain

AUNC wants our patients to be well informed and aware of any urological problems or discomfort they might be experiencing. One of the main urological issues that people struggle with is pain in the kidneys. If you’ve felt discomfort in your kidneys, or think you might have kidney pain, these are some specifics that might prove helpful in determining when to contact us.

Symptoms and Causes

If you’re suffering from aches in your back or lower sides, what you’re feeling might not be due to musculoskeletal issues – you might actually be feeling 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 are the likely source.

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

  •      Kidney Stones
  •      Pyelonephritis — kidney infection
  •      Polycystic kidney disease
  •      Kidney infarction – an obstruction of the blood supply to your kidney or kidneys
  •      Hemorrhage of the kidney
  •      Kidney cancer or tumor
  •      Renal vein thrombosis (RVT) – the formation of a clot in the vein that drains blood from the kidneys

Kidney pain can be on either or both of your sides, and is diagnosed based upon your medical history, a physical, and lab tests. Those tests may include blood, pregnancy and urine tests. A CT scan or MRI of your abdomen and pelvis may also be ordered.

Treatment for kidney pain is often pain medication that may be supplemented with an antibiotic if the pain is due to a bacterial infection. Most patients enjoy a positive outcome and quick turn-around if they contact their urologist as soon as they notice kidney pain symptoms.

AUNC offers patients in the Raleigh-Durham area, as well as parts of eastern NC, 15 board-certified urological specialists who see patients at 8 clinics throughout the region. Our offices can be found in Raleigh, Apex, Cary, Clayton, Clinton, Dunn, and Wake Forest. You can find addresses and phone numbers for all of our offices at the contact page on our website


Kidney Stones: Symptoms and Treatment

Kidney stones are often considered the most uncomfortable and common urological issues in men, and they can also be found in women. Here, you’ll find what the common signs and symptoms of kidney stones are and how our 15 board-certified specialists can help patients throughout the Piedmont region who are suffering from kidney stones.


It’s possible you already have a kidney stone and just don’t yet know that you do – a kidney stone may not cause symptoms until it begins moving around within your kidney or when it passes into your ureter (the tube connecting your kidney and your bladder). Once this happens, you are likely to experience some or all of these symptoms:

  •      Sharp and severe pain in your side and back, below your ribs
  •      A radiating or “spreading” pain that moves into your lower abdomen and groin
  •      Pain that comes in waves and fluctuates in intensity
  •      Sharp pain during urination
  •      Pink, red or brown urine
  •      Cloudy or foul-smelling urine
  •      Nausea and vomiting
  •      Consistently needing to urinate
  •      Urinating more often than usual
  •      Infection leading to fever
  •      Urinating small amounts of urine even though high levels of urgency are experienced

When Is It Time To See A Urologist?

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, go ahead and contact your urologist. Certainly contact your doctor immediately if you cannot sit still or find a comfortable position to sit, feel pain that is accompanied by vomiting or fever, have blood in your urine, or difficulty passing urine.

AUNC’s FASTrack Kidney Stone Care

AUNC would like to save our patients a trip to the emergency room by offering FASTrack. FASTrack is a program for that offers fast relief and care of kidney stones problems, pain and complications. We have a full services diagnostic and treatment center on the premises ready to help.. Patients can find clinics with FASTrack in two locations: Raleigh, at 3821 Ed Drive,Raleigh, NC 27612, and in Cary, at 105 SW Cary Pkwy, Cary, NC 27511