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Kidney Failure Symptoms
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There are many different kidney failure symptoms, but one of the most common is back pain. Kidney back pain is usually felt on the side of the back just below the ribs. Your back may be tender to the touch and when the pain is severe it may be radiate to the abdomen. When the pain is severe there may also be nausea and vomiting.

"stretching of this capsule that causes pain"

Kidneys become painful because they are contained in an outer covering called the renal capsule. When kidney failure or other problems cause swelling of the kidney it is the stretching of this capsule that causes pain.

"Failure of this kidney function leads to anemia..."

In addition to removing waste products from the blood the kidney produces erythropoeitin, a hormone that stimulates the bone marrow to produce red blood cells. Failure of this kidney function leads to anemia and there may be a generalized "ill" feeling, shortness of breath, and rapid heart rate.

Kidney failure symptoms are often similar to symptoms of a kidney stone which can cause a crampy pain and severe physical discomfort in response to a stone within a ureter. Kidney stones back pain may start at the back and then radiate or migrate around to the abdomen and down to the groin. Many times the pain of a kidney stone will suddenly stop when the stone enters the bladder.

Kidney Failure Symptoms like pain often develop slowly

"Kidney infection symptoms and the pain from a kidney stone usually develop more suddenly."

Back pain is often one of the first signs of kidney failure that you notice. Symptoms of kidney failure such as back pain may develop slowly over long periods of time. Kidney infection symptoms and pain from a kidney stone usually develops more suddenly.

There are many other possible causes of back pain including muscle strain from an injury or over exertion. Other conditions such as constipation back pain and colon cancer back pain must be ruled out.

"other possible causes of back and abdominal pain"

There are other possible causes of back and abdominal pain including pancreas or gallbladder disease, and liver disease. If you believe you're kidneys are failing you need to see your doctor. He can examine you and order the appropriate tests to find out what is causing your symptoms.


He may order a urinalysis to look for signs of bleeding or infection in your urine and blood tests to check the function of your kidney.

He may order an abdominal ultrasound or a CT scan of your abdomen to check for kidney stones and evaluate the other abdominal structures.

"not something that can be managed at home"

Your doctor may give you pain medication to make you more comfortable and diet restrictions to avoid foods and liquids that irritate the kidney.

Kidney failure is a serious condition and not something that can be managed at home. If you think you may be having any kidney failure symptoms it is important that you see your doctor.

Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to a cure.

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