Kidney's or Lower Back Pain?

Ian C. Langtree Content Writer/Editor for Disabled World
Published: 2009/06/25 - Updated: 2022/08/18
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Synopsis: Kidney pain and lower back pain can have similar symptoms that may have entirely different causes. You can have back pain symptoms caused by a kidney infection, while another person could have the same symptoms caused by a back problem. If you have a kidney infection, you will likely have some symptoms: fever, chills, backache, and pain. Nausea and tenderness near the infected kidney can also occur.

Human Kidneys

Human kidneys are two reddish-brown bean-shaped organs found in vertebrates. They are located on the left and right in the retroperitoneal space and, in adult humans, are about 12 centimeters (4 1/2 inches) in length. Your kidneys remove wastes and extra fluid from your body. Your kidneys also remove acid produced by your body's cells and maintain a healthy balance of water, salts, and minerals such as sodium, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium in your blood. Without this balance, your body's nerves, muscles, and other tissues may not work normally. Your kidneys also make hormones that help:

  • Make red blood cells
  • Control your blood pressure
  • Keep your bones strong and healthy

Main Digest

Kidney and back pain can have similar symptoms that have entirely different causes. You can have back pain symptoms caused by a kidney infection, while another person could have the same symptoms caused by a back problem.

Symptoms of Lower Back Pain Caused by Kidney Problems

How to Tell if You Have a Kidney Infection

If you have a kidney infection, you will likely have some symptoms: fever, chills, backache, and pain. Nausea and tenderness near the infected kidney can also occur.

Your doctor will diagnose the condition through tests of kidney functioning or by a bacterial test. Why two types of tests? Because there are two common types of kidney disorders, each with a different cause.

Treatment and pain relief will likely include rest and antibiotics for bacterial infections. Usually, the treatment will last several weeks, but certain people may have structural issues and require longer-term treatment.

The bottom line is that you want to get the right information about what might create your pain symptoms - do not self-diagnose! A kidney infection left untreated for many years can have catastrophic implications for your health.

The treatment for low back pain caused by poor posture or overexertion is different than the treatment for low back pain caused by a kidney infection. You want to treat the right condition.

If there is a history of kidney infection in your family, or you have recently been in a fall or car wreck or had some other trauma that could have damaged your kidneys, you should consider seeing a doctor.

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