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Kidney Pain: Causes, Symptoms, Areas Of The Body Where It Is Felt And Foods To Avoid

The kidneys are two fist-sized small organs that are bean-shaped, with one on each side of the body below the rib cage on both sides of the spinal cord. The kidneys are responsible for cleaning out wastes, water and acids from the body and when they have defects or are diseased, they would not be able to do their work, thus causing an unhealthy accumulation of salts, minerals like calcium, and water in the blood.

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One condition that may signify diseased kidneys is kidney pain, which is the dull ache that is felt in the sides, back or belly, especially from the areas where the kidneys are located. Sometimes, it is easy to mistake pains in the sides, back or belly for ordinary pain but there are certain differences in how kidney pain is felt, as well as where it is located compared to back pain. However, before we consider that, what are the causes of kidney pain?

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Kidney pain has various possible causes, but some of its known causes include kidney stones, kidney cysts, kidney infection, kidney swelling, polycystic kidney disease, kidney cancer, renal vein thrombosis, kidney injury, and benign kidney tumour. When present, kidney pain gives off symptoms which include a constant dull ache, pain under the rib cage or in the belly, sharp or severe pain, pain in one or both sides, and pain that can spread to the groin area or belly.

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The person may also feel symptoms such as fever, pain when urinating, vomiting, cloudy urine, and traces of blood in the urine. Earlier, it was mentioned that it is easy to confuse other pains for kidney pain, especially pains felt close to where the kidneys are located. So how do we differentiate kidney pain from back pain in particular?

1. Pain from the kidneys is often felt in the sides or the middle to upper back while back pain is often felt at the lower end of the back.

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2. Also, kidney pain is usually felt most often under the ribs to either side of the spine and may progress to other areas such as the abdomen or groin area. Back pain, on the other hand, stays at the back and would most likely be felt at the lower back.

3. Another major difference is that kidney pain is often constant and does not usually go away when a person shifts his or her body. However, with back pain, the intensity of the pain might change when there is an adjustment in body position.

It is highly advisable to also limit the consumption of certain foods that are known to hurt or affect the kidneys. A few examples of the foods are highlighted below:

1. Instant noodles

2. Pizza

3. Processed meats

4. Dairy

5. Organ meat

6. Beer

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