According to various data banks, the overall prevalence of low back pain was found to be 42% in India. Kidney problems too result in back pain which may be a little different from musculoskeletal back pain. In today’s write up we will find out how to differentiate between the two.
Each person has got a pair of kidneys located posteriorly on the lower side of the abdomen. The kidney purifies blood for nutrients and discharges urine.
How to differentiate kidney pain from general backache:
Musculoskeletal back pain is usually felt around the lumbar region, it may pain while muscles are touched. However musculoskeletal back pain can be felt all through the back as well.
Musculoskeletal back pain due to disc or nerve impingement may radiate to buttocks, back of the thigh, laterally to leg and ankles too.
The musculoskeletal back pain is mostly coming and going, peaking after high-intensity work and better with rest. Pain here too is dull aching.
The musculoskeletal back pain is not very severe.
The musculoskeletal back pain feels better with rest, local applications, heat, and cold.
|Kidney pain||Musculoskeletal Back pain|
|· fever with chills |
· nausea and vomiting
· cloudy/dark urine
· frequent urge to urinate
· painful urination
· urinary tract infection
· blood in the urine
· small gravel-like substance in urine
· constipation or diarrhea
|· aching or stiffness of the whole body |
· the sensation that muscles have been pulled or overworked
· sleep instabilities
· twitching muscles
· the feeling of “burning” in your muscles
| Severe Kidney pain comes with: |
· bad breath
· metallic taste
· muscle cramps
· shortness of breath
· swelling of the legs, ankles, or feet
| Severe Musculoskeletal back pain comes with: |
· inability to move from the bed
Causes of Kidney pain:
Causes of Musculoskeletal back pain:
Other medical conditions that may cause Back pain other than Kidney and Musculoskeletal reasons are:
When to seek medical advice?
In case of kidney pain, as indicated through symptoms, immediate medical advice should be taken to get rid of the underlying cause. Musculoskeletal pain can be treated in the house through:
If the problems persist or aggravate, medical consultation should be immediately taken. Combined complicated symptoms include:
The whole purpose of the write-up is early distinction detection of kidney issues. The prognosis of both kidney and musculoskeletal problems is way better with early detection than a delayed diagnosis. A famous person once said, ‘Awareness levels the playing field. We are all humans doing the best we can’.
Dr. Suman Lata Nayak Prof | Director & Senior Consultant – Nephrology, Kidney Transplant – Adult | Dharamshila Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Delhi & Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Gurugram
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