There are dozens of possible injuries, disorders, illnesses and conditions that cause back pain. Typically, there’s nerve damage in the spine, or an injury to the interconnected network of muscles, tendons and ligaments in the back. But sometimes neither of these possible causes are responsible for your discomfort.

The trouble may be coming from an organ inside your body: namely, a kidney problem. Kidney stone pain, according to many people who have experienced it, is some of the worst pain you’re ever likely to feel.

So how do you know whether your back pain comes from a spinal or muscular injury versus a renal problem?

One of the best clues is the location of your discomfort. The most intense pain is likely to occur in the area between the bottom of your rib cage and the top of your hips. It is likely to happen more toward your sides and away from your spinal column.

Pain from a kidney problem often comes on fast and strong. You seem fine – and then a few minutes later you’re dealing with a lot of discomfort.

Kidney stones are among the most common causes of back pain caused by kidney problems. Pain often occurs as these pebble-like masses move out of the kidneys and down the ureters toward the bladder. But they can also cause a blockage in the ureters, which are the slender tubes connecting the bladder and kidneys.

Pain from a kidney stone often presents first in the mid-to-lower back. Sometimes it will also radiate around to the front and trigger discomfort in the abdomen. In some instances, men may feel pain in the testicles.

Kidney pain is also often acute. In other words, it happens suddenly. You can go from “no pain” to “great discomfort” in a relatively short period of time.

Kidney stones often trigger back pain as they move down the urinary tract. Kidney stones that become “stuck” in the ureters and obstruct the flow of urine to the bladder are likely to cause extreme discomfort.

Another sign of a kidney problem is dark urine. If your urine is reddish or reddish brown, it could mean there’s blood in your stream – a sign that something is probably wrong.

A burning sensation is also typical, and you’re likely feel the need to urinate more often than usual.

Individuals with kidney stones or a kidney infection often feel a stinging or burning sensation during urination too.

It’s not always necessary to have shock wave therapy or kidney removal surgery to get rid of kidney stones. Sometimes, they pass out of your body naturally in your urine stream. This is more likely to take place when you drink a lot of water. In most cases, your back pain will stop as soon as you pass the stone.

Kidney stones, although they can cause extreme pain and discomfort, are not considered a threat to life.

A kidney infection, on the other hand, is extremely dangerous because it can result in kidney failure. Kidney failure can be fatal. Such interventions are extremely serious and result in a huge impact on your quality of life. So if you suspect your back pain is being caused by any kind of kidney problem, talk with your doctor as soon as you can.

Source by Neal Kennedy