May 26, 2013 | 01:33 AM (BD Time)
26 May, 2013 Sunday
Low back pain is not always kidney problem
Dr. Tabassum Samad FCPS (Medicine)
Many of us go to doctors with back pain believing that they have kidney problem. This is a very common scenario.
Most of us know where the vital organs are present in human body and as kidneys are located by the sides of the spine, we correlate back pain with kidney problems.
Is it logical?
We are mostly concerned about failed kidneys but a failed kidney never aches. Yes, if it causes pain along with high grade fever and if you are toxic and have burning micturition than your kidneys are infected, and this is called pyelonephritis.
Or if you have pain that radiates from loin to groin then you might have stone in the kidney and in both cases you should consult your physician forthonly. Otherwise, a big "No" to kidneys if you have back pain only.
Then how can we understand that we have kidney failure. It may fail suddenly or gradually. The symptoms may vary from nothing to anorexia, nausea, vomiting, leg swelling, increased or reduced urine output, breathlessness and many more.
The group that should be careful and followup their kidney functions are those with diabetes, hypertension, pain killer users, inflammed kidneys, elderlies with volume loss like diarrhoea, any infections, after using dyes during investigations etc.
So…don't panic. Have the correct knowledge and stay healthy.
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