Your kidneys are located in the back of your abdomen, just under your ribcage, on each side of your spine. Pain in your sides or middle to upper back could be coming from your kidneys. However, having pain in your back or sides does not necessarily mean there is something wrong with your kidneys. It is possible to have pain on only one side if only one kidney has a problem, or both sides if both kidneys are affected.
What causes kidney pain?
If the pain you feel is coming from your kidneys, it could be a sign of a kidney problem. Some problems that can cause kidney pain include:
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Kidney infection
- Polycystic kidney disease (PKD)
- Blood clots in your kidney(s)
- Bleeding in your kidney(s)
If you are having pain in your middle to upper back or sides, contact your health care provider.
What is the treatment for kidney pain?
The treatment for kidney pain depends on what is causing it. Your health care provider might want you to have a urine test to check for signs of an infection. You may also need to have imaging tests, such as an ultrasound or CT scan, to help figure out what is causing your pain. When your health care provider knows what is causing your pain, he or she can prescribe the right treatment for you.
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