The kidneys are situated in the upper abdomen region's posterior portion. Both of these structures are located right below the rib cage, and one of them can be found on either side of the spine. Because of the size of the liver and its location, the right kidney often rests at a little lower level than the left kidney does. It is generally accepted that the majority of the variables that lead to discomfort in the kidneys only impact a single kidney.
When pain is experienced specifically in the region of the right kidney, it may be an indicator of a problem with the kidney itself or with other organs, muscles, or other types of bodily tissue that are located nearby. The following are some of the possible causes of discomfort in the right kidney, according to Scott Frothingham of Healthline. Other possible causes include:
1. Infection of the urinary tract (UTI)
Bacteria are the most common culprits behind infections of the urinary tract; however, fungi and viruses are also among the possible causes. Infections of the urinary tract often affect the lower urinary tract and the organs that are located nearby, such as the urethra and bladder. However, infections of the urinary tract can also affect the upper tract, which can result in damage to the kidneys and ureters.
Symptoms that may develop when the kidneys are compromised include a high temperature, discomfort in the side and upper back, chills and shivering, frequent urination, a persistent urge to urinate, blood or pus in the urine, and nausea and vomiting.
2. Kidney stones
Stones in the kidney are solidified deposits of salts and minerals that can be discovered in concentrated urine. These deposits can include calcium and uric acid. It is one of the most common reasons for pain in the right kidney, and some of the symptoms associated with it include side and back pain, a constant need to urinate, pain when urinating, bloody or cloudy urine, urinating in small amounts, and nausea and vomiting. Another symptom of this condition is an enlarged prostate, which can cause pain in the right kidney.
3. Renal trauma
According to Healthline, renal trauma is defined as an injury that is brought on by anything external to the body that affects the kidneys. Penetrating trauma, on the other hand, is caused by an object that enters the body and is characterized by the major symptom of a wound, as opposed to blunt trauma, which does not penetrate the skin and can be identified by symptoms such as blood in the urine and bruising in the region of the kidney.
4. Polycystic kidney disease (PKD)
A hereditary illness known as polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is characterized by the growth of clusters of cysts that are filled with fluid on the kidneys. It is a potentially dangerous kidney disorder that has the potential to significantly impair kidney function and ultimately lead to renal failure. Pain in the back and sides, hematuria (blood in the urine), kidney stones, heart valve problems, and high blood pressure are some of the symptoms that may be related with this condition.
5. Renal vein thrombosis (RVT)
It is believed that renal vein thrombosis takes place when a blood clot forms in either one of the renal veins or both of them. These veins are responsible for transporting oxygen-depleted blood from the kidneys to the heart. Although it is not common, this ailment can cause discomfort in the right kidney. Pain in the lower back, blood in the urine, and decreased urine flow are some of the symptoms of this condition.
6. Kidney cancer
The Mayo Clinic reports that kidney cancer patients frequently do not experience any symptoms until the disease has already advanced to a later stage. Nevertheless, pain in the right kidney might be one of the indicators of this condition. Other possible late-stage symptoms include discomfort that does not go away in the side or back, hematuria, exhaustion, loss of appetite, weight loss for no apparent reason, and fever that comes and goes.
Pain in the right kidney is commonly felt in various sections of the body, which may also act as warning signs and symptoms, according to Scott Frothingham of Healthline. Under the ribs, as well as to the right or left of the spine, are some of the locations on the body where discomfort associated with the right kidney can be felt. Pain associated with the right kidney might also be felt in other parts of the body, such as the abdomen or the groin.
After discussing the factors that can lead to right kidney pain, as well as the signs and symptoms of this condition and the part of the body that is most likely to be affected, it is only natural that we discuss the treatment options available for right kidney pain. The treatment for pain in the right kidney is said to depend on the underlying reason of the discomfort, as stated on Healthline. Despite this, some of the potential treatments for it include making adjustments to one's food and lifestyle, taking particular drugs, undergoing surgery, engaging in physical therapy, and so on.
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