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