Kidney Hurts In The Morning
The older you get, the more you start actually listening to your own body and taking action to limit the damage you do to it. In the end, many of the diseases and conditions that affect our health, and eventually our lives, are actually caused by our lifestyles, what we eat, drink, breathe, and do.
By taking note of your aches and pains, you can change things in your life, or see a doctor, to make sure that you aren’t missing a symptom of something more serious. Here are some causes of aching kidneys and how to separate them from other pains.
Is The Ache You Have Really Your Back Or Kidneys?
This is the first step in deciding what action to take. Your kidneys are located just under your ribcage in back, right on each side of your spinal column. It can be difficult to figure out the cause of severe pain there since it may make the entire area painful. Kidneys can ache more in the morning when you have a full bladder, whereas back pain would more often get worse as the day wore on.
The most common causes of pain in the kidneys is either an infection or kidney stones. Those two conditions usually give a person pain that is more to the outer edge of your back, an area called the flank, rather than the spinal area. Plus, a kidney stone is usually only located on one side, not both. Kidney stones in some people hurt more in the morning as they just arise, in other people, it may be different depending on the actual location of the stones.
In addition, a kidney stone can be a sharp pain, more like a knife stabbing pain for the stones, but an infection will be more dulled, generalized, and involve the whole kidney rather than just one spot. And, with back pain, it will change depending on how you’re positioned, but kidney pain won’t.
Other Kidney Pain Accompanying Symptoms
If you’re experiencing kidney pain and also another of these symptoms, then it’s time to see a doctor. Fever and chills would most likely indicate an infection as would nausea and vomiting. Also, the frequent and sudden urge to urinate, especially combined with cloudy or bloody urine, are also warning signs to call in medical professionals. Pain while urinating and small gravely stones in the urine can also indicate problems.
To Separate Out The Back Pain
Pain in the lower back is quite common for people of all ages. It can involve the spine, muscles around the spine, and nerves that exit through passages in and around the spinal column. Typically, back pain changes depending on your position, standing, sitting, leaning, or twisting, so if that is noticeable, it’s probably not your kidneys.
Pinched nerves can make back pain radiate out and down one leg, other parts of the back, or buttocks. Kidney pain rarely causes any radiant pain down a limb.
Kidney Stones And Infections Need Care
If you believe the pain you have is really from your kidneys, especially if you have other symptoms, you shouldn’t delay seeing a doctor. There are serious problems that can come from untreated kidney infections that can be life-threatening.
The treatment is usually inexpensive oral antibiotics, and the cost of not taking action is quite high. While kidney stones and kidney infections are far more common, there other infectious diseases and cancers that can cause some of the same symptoms.
They aren’t easy to separate from the common diseases for the average person, so a doctor’s care is very important.
In most cases, the care of a doctor will quickly cure a kidney problem. The antibiotics work fast and the side-effects few. Kidney stones usually have to be passed, but if they are too large, there are new innovative shock-wave treatments to help pulverize them for easy expulsion. Either way, kidney disease symptoms aren’t to be ignored since that can be dangerous and the treatments are so quick and inexpensive.