Common Causes and Symptoms of Lower Back Kidney Pain

lower back kidney painThe most common cause of lower back kidney pain problems are infections and kidney stones. Both can be extremely painful and if you think that this may be happening to you, seek medical advice as you may need hospital treatment. Kidney problems may be overlooked initially as the pain generated may occur where other lower back pain issues are felt.  So, pain in the lower back may radiate to the front of the groin and to the hip area. This can be confusing as the pain is some distance from the actual cause.


If an infection may be present, watch out for these symptoms:


  • The pain may begin in the lower back but travel to the groin area
  • There is frequent need to urinate
  • Increased temperature
  • A general feeling of being unwell
  • Possible vomiting
  • Urine may have an unusual odor or appearance
  • Blood in the urine


You may have some or all these symptoms, but this would depend on the severity of the infection and how long it had been active. But, urinary tract infections occur when bacteria enter and then spread, through the kidneys, urethra, bladder, and uterus, any infections will be uncomfortable and should not be ignored. For self-help remedies, you could try cranberry juice and probiotics to alleviate a bacterial infection but, it’s still important to see your doctor to be sure of the cause and to receive medical care if necessary.


Another cause of lower back pain kidney problems is kidney stones. These can range in severity from being almost unnoticeable to excruciating agony. If a stone travels into the urinary tract, it can become lodged and this can cause severe discomfort.  Stones or parts of stones that become lodged can also lead to infection causing the above symptoms. Kidney stones should not be ignored, and it is important to seek medical advice.


Main Cause of Kidney Stones


People who tend to drink less water throughout the day seem to have a higher risk of contracting kidney stones. This is because water dilutes uric acid and leads to the urine becoming more acidic which often leads to the formation of kidney stones. If you have a history of kidney stones within the family, this will increase the potential for you or for other family members to experience the same.


In a similar way, if you have had kidney stones before, you are more likely to develop them again at a later date.  A lack of exercise is thought to contribute as is a diet that is high in protein and sodium but low in calcium. Certain drugs can also be a contributory factor.


Although a stone formed in the kidneys can be very painful, it is the actual passing of the stone that is often excruciating. When seeking medical advice, larger stones are often broken up by a form of ultra sound treatment and this can make the journey through the urinary tract far easier to bear. Never take risks with your health, if you spot the warning signs as depicted here, go for a medical check-up and avoid days or weeks of unnecessary pain.