The function of our lower back or lumbar area is to help with structural support, movement, and protection of certain body tissues. Kidney pain and back pain are often confused with each other. Therefore, you ought to know the difference between muscular back pain and pain due to kidney infection. Finding the root cause of the pain is essential.
Often mistaken to be tense or strained back muscles, the most prominent symptom of kidney inflammation is back pain. The two common kidney conditions causing back pain are Nephritis and Kidney Stones. Diagnosis is done with the help of urine analysis, ultrasonography and other abdominal imaging studies. Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to renal failure
Kidney Infection/ Nephriti
Nephritis is inflammation of the kidney, which impairs the functioning of the kidney. It typically causes tenderness, pain and swelling in the back.
A kidney stone is a hard object that is made from chemicals in the urine. They are small, hard deposits that form inside the kidneys. They cause extreme pain near the groin area.
Back pain usually occurs due to inflammation. Pain is usually felt in the neck, upper back, lower back or at the tail bone.
Difference between Back Pain & Pain Related to Kidney Infection
The pain stemming from a kidney infection is typically in the area of the back where the kidneys lie i.e., located to the sides of the spine, just above the hips. Also apart from the pain there are certain other symptoms one can see that clearly distinguishes kidney infection from other back related problems. These include fever, shivering, chills, weakness, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, feeling uncomfortable/sick, and pain and discomfort in your lower back and around your genitals. There may be blood also in the urine and you may feel like going to the washroom often. You may occasionally find it difficult to pass urine or feel some pain or pressure while urinating. There is also a burning sensation during urination. You could have dizziness and trouble in concentrating due to depletion of oxygen from the brain caused by anaemia.
In case of back pain related to joints, bones, and nerves of the spinal cord, the pain is usually sudden and localised.
Back pain is managed by undergoing different therapies and taking pain killer medications. For kidney infections antibiotics are recommended. The patient is advised bed rest for a long period of time. In certain severe cases surgical operations may also be needed.
Don’t just assume back pain is due to a muscular problem especially if you are feeling feverish or have any of the symptoms described above. It's always good to get yourself tested to rule out kidney problems.