Should You Get Lower Back Pain Around Your Kidney Checked? (2022)

Should You Get Lower Back Pain Around Your Kidney Checked? (1)

Lower back and neck pain are common complaints among millions of Americans. While the majority of these cases are due to poor posture or muscle strain, back pain is also associated with organ problems like the kidney.

So when should you visit a doctor for lower back or kidney pain? Lower back pain is a common condition that’s often mistaken as kidney pain because of the location. It’s better to consult a doctor if the pain persists for a few weeks to find out if the symptom is an indicator of kidney problems like kidney stones, urinary tract infection, kidney infection, renal cancer, polycystic kidney syndrome, or retroperitoneal fibrosis.

How to Identify Between Back Pain and Kidney Pain

The kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs located just below the rib cage on both sides of the spinal cord. They’re responsible for removing the acid, waste, and other wastes from the blood which are flushed out of the body in the form of urine. Kidneys also manufacture hormones that regulate blood pressure, strengthen the bones, and create blood cells.

Since the kidneys are extremely important for the body, people should be wary of different signs of kidney damage like kidney pain. This sign of kidney problem is often mistaken for common lower back pain, a condition that affects about 31 million Americans. This makes accurate diagnosis of the condition even more important because the right treatment depends on what condition a patient has.

On the other hand, chronic or acute pain in the upper and lower back is often a symptom of spine problems, muscle strains, and pinched spinal nerves. Depending on the exact location of the nerve pain, patients might also experience arm, thigh, leg, hip, or neck pain.

One of the ways to identify whether a patient has kidney or back pain is to find the exact location of the pain. The type of pain or sensation they’re feeling, as well as the severity of the pain also helps doctors differentiate between the lower back and kidney pain.

When to Consult a Doctor About Possible Kidney Problems

Consulting a physician helps patients know whether they have kidney problems or common low back pain. They also help determine the main cause of the pain and prescribe different treatments or pain relief options. Talk to a doctor about the possible kidney pain if:

  • There’s a constant dull aching pain or sharp flank pain.
  • The location of the pain changes.
  • The pain spreads to the lower abdomen or the inner thighs.
  • The back pain is accompanied by other symptoms like fever and chills, nausea and vomiting, cloudy or dark-colored urine, painful urination, bloody urine, and small kidney stones in the urine.

6 Possible Causes of Kidney Pain in the Lower Back

Should You Get Lower Back Pain Around Your Kidney Checked? (2)

Kidney pain in the lower back is often caused by a more serious kidney disease. Since the kidneys are connected to other organs, it’s essential to get the right diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible. Here are some of the most common causes of kidney pain felt in the lower back:

1. Kidney Stones

Urine is composed of different minerals that might form into stones inside the body. These kidney stones are small, like a grain of salt but they might also grow to be the size of a corn kernel. They typically form inside the kidneys if there is too much salt and mineral but not enough liquid in the body.

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Most people don’t experience symptoms even if their bodies have kidney stones. Patients only feel symptoms once these stones start traveling from the kidneys down to the ureter and the bladder. Aside from kidney stone pain, here are the other symptoms that patients might experience:

  • Pain and burning sensation when peeing
  • Needing to pee more frequently and releasing less urine
  • Smelly urine that might appear cloudy, red, brown, or pink
  • Fever and chills
  • Vomiting and nausea

Diagnosis and Possible Causes

Doctors perform blood tests, urine tests, and imaging tests to find out if there are kidney stones inside a patient’s body. They also check the patient’s medical history and perform a full body checkup.

Kidney stones start forming inside the kidneys when there are high levels of minerals like uric acid, oxalate, and calcium in the blood. Another contributing factor to kidney stone formation is the lack of water needed to dilute the salt and minerals in the body. People with a family history of kidney stones are also more likely to develop them more than others.

Care and Treatment

Most kidney stones pass naturally through pee. But if the patient experiences severe pain because of the kidney stores moving around, the doctor may prescribe pain relief medication like naproxen sodium and ibuprofen to help with the discomfort.

However, bigger kidney stones that can’t pass are eventually broken up using different procedures like extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL), ureteroscopy, and percutaneous nephrolithotomy. Treating kidney stones is important because it might lead to other complications like urinary incontinence and gout.

2. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

This type of infection occurs along the urinary tract because of the bacteria left after urination. UTI often comes with kidney pain, fever, painful urination, cloudy urination, and general fatigue.

Diagnosis and Possible Causes

Urinary Tract Infection is often diagnosed using urine culture and urinalysis. Additional tests like CT scan, cystoscopy, and ultrasound are only performed if the patient gets infected multiple times. These tests help the doctors determine if there is an injury or disease that causes chronic UTI.

UTI is caused by bacteria or other microorganisms that enter the bladder and urethra, causing kidney or bladder infection and inflammation. This condition only affects the bladder and urethra most of the time, but the infection-causing bacteria might also travel up the ureters to infect the kidney.

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Care and Treatment

Treating UTI is extremely important because it might lead to kidney failure. Doctors often prescribe antibiotic medicines to fight the infection and kill the bacteria. However, patients might develop antibiotic resistance so make sure to only take the dosage and type of antibiotic prescribed by the physician.

3. Kidney Infection

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Pyelonephritis (also known as kidney infection) is a condition that causes pain and discomfort in one or two kidneys. It’s usually caused by the same bacteria that caused urinary tract infection in a patient. Kidney infections might cause life-threatening problems if left untreated. It might also become a chronic kidney disease which causes the urine to flow backwards into the kidneys.

Other symptoms of a kidney infection include pus or blood in the pee, fever and chills, appetite loss, upset stomach, burning sensation when peeing, frequent urination, dull ache in the lower back, and fatigue.

Diagnosis and Possible Causes

Patients need to consult a physician first about their symptoms before performing other diagnostic tests. Like UTI, patients also undergo urinalysis and urine culture to check for the presence and species of bacteria. Depending on the results of the diagnosis, physicians might also need to perform ultrasound, CT scan, digital rectal exam, or dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) scintigraphy.

Anyone is at risk of developing kidney infection, but women are more prone than men because their urethra is much shorter. The infection-causing bacteria only need to travel a short distance before reaching the bladder and the rest of the urinary tract.

Care and Treatment

Kidney infection is often treated with antibiotics for about one to two weeks. The symptoms should improve after a few days as long as the patient takes the right amount of medication prescribed by the doctor. But for severe cases of kidney infection, the patient might need to stay in the hospital to get the antibiotics through an intravenous needle.

4. Renal Cancer

Kidney cancer is a serious medical condition in which the kidney cells become malignant and form a tumor. These tumors don’t cause kidney pain during their early stages, which is why they grow largely first before causing painful symptoms and getting discovered.

Aside from lower back and abdominal pain, other symptoms of renal cancer include bloody urine, lump in abdomen or sides, loss of appetite, unexplainable weight loss, fever, fatigue, anemia, and swelling legs and ankles.

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Diagnosis and Possible Causes

Doctors and kidney specialists need to perform thorough physical examinations to accurately diagnose kidney cancer and its stage. Patients are asked about their medical history and health habits to find out if they’re at high risk of developing renal cancer. Some of the tests performed by doctors to diagnose kidney cancer include urine tests, blood tests, intravenous pyelogram (IVP), ultrasound, CT scan, MRI, and renal arteriogram.

Care and Treatment

After the diagnosis of kidney cancer, doctors may start creating treatment plans to eliminate the cancer cells or prevent them from spreading. This may include surgical removal of some urinary organs, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, arterial embolization, radiofrequency ablation, and cryotherapy.

5. Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD)


This genetic disease causes numerous fluid-filled cysts to develop in the kidneys that often interfere with kidney function. The cysts also cause medical problems like infections, kidney stones, and high blood pressure if left unchecked. Some PKD patients might not experience symptoms for years until it starts causing painful symptoms.

Diagnosis and Possible Causes

ADPKD occurs because of a problem in one of the two genes of the DNA. PKD1 and PKD2 are the genes responsible for creating proteins in the kidney cells, which is why a problem in either of these genes might cause the kidney cells to form cysts.

If the primary physician suspects that their patient has a serious kidney problem, they may refer the patient to a nephrologist. The kidney specialist then asks different questions that help them determine the patient’s exact condition. They may also perform tests like MRI, CT scan, and DNA test to get an accurate diagnosis.

Care and Treatment

Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for ADPKD. Patients may only treat the health problems associated with the disease to prevent kidney failure. Depending on the complication being treated, doctors might prescribe pain medicines and antibiotics.

6. Retroperitoneal Fibrosis

Retroperitoneal fibrosis (also known as Ormond’s disease) is a rare condition that occurs when there is a development of excess tissues in the space behind the stomach (retroperitoneal area). This results in a blockage in the ureters that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder.

Patients with this condition might experience kidney failure without the right treatment. Some symptoms of Ormond’s disease include pain and swelling in the legs and lower back.

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Diagnosis and Possible Causes

The exact cause of fibrosis is still unknown but there are risk factors for this kidney disease, including age and gender. It’s also associated with medications for migraines and high blood pressure, use of cancer treatments, and a history of pelvic or abdominal surgery.

Diagnosing retroperitoneal fibrosis requires using MRI or CT scans of the abdomen to check the appearance of the affected area. The physician might also ask patients to take blood tests, X-ray of the ureters and kidney, ultrasound, and biopsy.

Care and Treatment

The treatment for this condition depends on the location and severity of the fibrosis. In the early stages of this disease, anti-inflammatory medication and immunosuppressants are usually prescribed. However, if the fibrosis has started blocking the ureters, a surgical procedure for removing the blockage might be required.

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FAQs

How can you tell the difference between lower back pain and kidney problems? ›

Kidney pain tends to be more dull and constant, while back pain can be stabbing and responds to rest and movement. The kidneys are bean-shaped organs about the size of a fist located in the back of the abdomen, just under the ribcage, on each side of the spinal cord.

What are the 3 early warning signs of kidney disease? ›

Generally, earlier stages are known as 1 to 3. And as kidney disease progresses, you may notice the following symptoms. Nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps, loss of appetite, swelling via feet and ankles, dry, itchy skin, shortness of breath, trouble sleeping, urinating either too much or too little.

What kind of back pain is associated with kidney problems? ›

Kidney pain occurs in a more specific area than general back pain. The location of kidney pain is typically contained in the region where the kidneys are found on either side of the spine at the base of the rib cage. Depending on the cause, pain may be felt on either one or both sides of the spine.

When should I be worried about lower back pain? ›

See a GP if: back pain does not improve after treating it at home for a few weeks. the pain is stopping you doing your day-to-day activities. the pain is severe or getting worse over time.

What does it feel like when something is wrong with your kidneys? ›

Kidney pain typically feels like a constant dull ache deep in your right or left flank, or both flanks, that often gets worse when someone gently hits the area. Most conditions usually affect only one kidney, so you typically feel pain on only one side of your back.

What color is urine when your kidneys are failing? ›

When kidneys are failing, the increased concentration and accumulation of substances in urine lead to a darker color which may be brown, red or purple. The color change is due to abnormal protein or sugar, high levels of red and white blood cells, and high numbers of tube-shaped particles called cellular casts.

What organs can cause lower back pain? ›

Which internal organs can cause someone to experience lower back pain?
  • Kidney problems. There are several types of kidney problems. ...
  • Appendicitis. ...
  • Ulcerative colitis. ...
  • Gallbladder dysfunction or inflammation. ...
  • Gynecological disorders. ...
  • Liver problems. ...
  • Pancreatitis. ...
  • Abdominal aorta.

Why does my lower back hurt so much? ›

Lower back pain is very common. It can result from a strain (injury) to muscles or tendons in the back. Other causes include arthritis, structural problems and disk injuries. Pain often gets better with rest, physical therapy and medication.

What are the symptoms of stage 1 kidney disease? ›

Signs and symptoms of Stage 1 CKD include:
  • High blood pressure.
  • Swelling in your hands or feet.
  • Urinary tract infections.
  • Protein in your urine.
  • Blood in your urine (also called hematuria)
  • Kidney damage that shows up in an ultrasound, CT scan, MRI, or kidney biopsy.

How do I check if my kidneys are OK? ›

Blood Tests. Because your kidneys remove waste, toxins, and extra fluid from the blood, a doctor will also use a blood test to check your kidney function. The blood tests will show how well your kidneys are doing their job and how quickly the waste is being removed.

What is the biggest indicator of kidney disease? ›

Glomerular filtration rate is the best overall indicator of kidney function. It is superior to the serum creatinine level, which varies with age, sex, and race and often does not reflect kidney function accurately.

How do I know if its kidney pain or muscle pain? ›

In general, back pain will be related to your muscles, occurs lower in your back, and causes a consistent ache. If it's kidney pain, it'll likely be higher, near your ribs. You may feel waves of severe pain and possibly have a fever. The pain may also be stronger on one side.

Why do I get random kidney pain? ›

The most common causes of kidney pain that radiates to the back are infections and kidney stones. A kidney infection may have started with a urinary tract infection (UTI). Kidney stones can cause a person to experience excruciating pain that feels like spasms. This pain may also spread to the groin.

Where does your back hurt with a kidney infection? ›

The symptoms of a kidney infection usually develop quite quickly over a few hours or days. Common symptoms include: pain and discomfort in your side, lower back or around your genitals.

What causes lower back pain just above the buttocks? ›

The sciatic nerve travels from the lower back through the hips and buttocks and down each leg. Sciatica most often occurs when a herniated disk or an overgrowth of bone puts pressure on part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg.

How do I know if my back pain is serious? ›

8 Signs That it's Time to Call a Doctor for Your Back Pain
  1. You've Been in Pain for Over a Week. ...
  2. Your Pain Extends to Other Body Parts. ...
  3. You Have Numbness, Tingling or Weakness. ...
  4. You Have Pain After an Accident. ...
  5. Your Pain is Worse at Certain Times or in Certain Positions. ...
  6. You're Having Problems with Your Bowels or Urination.

How can you tell if back pain is muscular or internal? ›

Somatic pain is in the muscles, bones, or soft tissues. Visceral pain comes from your internal organs and blood vessels. Somatic pain is intense and may be easier to pinpoint than visceral pain. That's because your muscles, bones, and skin are supplied with a lot of nerves to detect pain.

How long can you have kidney disease without knowing? ›

Around 90 percent of people who have this condition are unaware they have it. 2 out of 5 adults who have CKD don't know they have severe chronic kidney disease. People with CKD can live for years without knowing, as it doesn't always have the most clearly defined symptoms.

How can I check my kidney at home? ›

4 Best At-home Kidney Test Kits
  1. Best blood sample test: LetsGetChecked Kidney Test.
  2. Best blood test for detailed results: Verisana Kidney Function Test.
  3. Best urine-based test: Healthy.io Minuteful Kidney.
  4. Best combination kit: Labcorp OnDemand Kidney Health Test Package.
21 Mar 2022

How do I know if my kidneys are failing? ›

a reduced amount of urine. swelling of your legs, ankles, and feet from retention of fluids caused by the failure of the kidneys to eliminate water waste. unexplained shortness of breath. excessive drowsiness or fatigue.

Does clear pee mean kidney failure? ›

An occasional clear pee isn't a big deal. But if it's an ongoing issue you may be lowering salt and electrolyte levels below what your body needs. What if your urine is clear and you're not knocking back glass after glass of water? That may signal an underlying kidney problem or diabetes.

Is clear pee good? ›

Clear urine is a sign of good hydration and a healthy urinary tract. However, if they consistently notice clear urine and also have extreme or unusual thirst, it is best to speak to a doctor.

Can you have kidney disease with clear urine? ›

This colorless urine is sometimes due to drinking an excess of water, while other times it can signal a problem with the kidneys. If your urine is consistently clear or absent of color, you should see a doctor. Read on to learn more about what clear, colorless urine means and how to treat it.

What part of back hurts with pancreatitis? ›

A common symptom of pancreatic cancer is a dull pain in the upper abdomen (belly) and/or middle or upper back that comes and goes. This is probably caused by a tumor that has formed in the body or tail of the pancreas because it can press on the spine.

What cause lower back pain in females? ›

Lower back pain is a common symptom of PMS, a condition most women experience during menstruation. However, severe lower back pain may be a symptom of conditions like PMDD and dysmenorrhea. It may also be a symptom of a more serious condition called endometriosis.

Can colon pain be felt in the back? ›

Inflammation of the large intestine (colon), or ulcerative colitis, can also cause lower back pain. Other symptoms include abdominal cramps and rectal pain.

What should you not do with lower back pain? ›

Don't:
  1. • Do not sit on a low soft couch with a deep seat. It will force you to sit with your hips lower than your knees and will round your back. ...
  2. • Do not jerk when you lift. • ...
  3. • Do not sleep on your stomach unless advised to do so by your doctor or physical therapist.
  4. Good. Good. Good.
  5. Do: •

What should you do if your lower back hurts? ›

Apply heat or ice to the painful area. Use ice for the first 48 to 72 hours, then use heat. Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). Sleep in a curled-up, fetal position with a pillow between your legs.

Which of the following symptoms suggests a more serious cause of back pain? ›

If your back pain is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, head to your closest emergency room because you could be dealing with a more serious condition or injury: Sudden spike in pain, discomfort, weakness or numbness. Loss of bladder function. High fever.

What are 3 common causes of chronic kidney disease? ›

Causes of Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Diabetes. Too much glucose, also called sugar, in your blood damages your kidneys' filters. ...
  • High blood pressure. High blood pressure can damage blood vessels in the kidneys so they don't work as well. ...
  • Other causes of kidney disease. Other causes of kidney disease include.

How is early kidney disease diagnosed? ›

The main test for kidney disease is a blood test. The test measures the levels of a waste product called creatinine in your blood. Your doctor uses your blood test results, plus your age, size, gender and ethnic group to calculate how many millilitres of waste your kidneys should be able to filter in a minute.

Are my kidneys infected? ›

Symptoms of a kidney infection often come on within a few hours. You can feel feverish, shivery, sick and have a pain in your back or side. In addition to feeling unwell like this, you may also have symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) such as cystitis.

How often should kidney function be checked? ›

Ask your doctor about these three simple tests. They should be done at least once a year so that if you have early kidney disease, it can be treated right away. Early kidney disease can and should be treated to keep it from getting worse!

What are the 8 signs of kidney failure? ›

8 Signs You Could Be Suffering From Kidney Disease
  • Your energy levels have plummeted. ...
  • Your skin is noticeably dry and itchy. ...
  • You have to go to the bathroom more often. ...
  • You've got blood in your urine. ...
  • Your urine is usually frothy. ...
  • Your eyes always look puffy. ...
  • Your extremities are swollen. ...
  • You experience frequent muscle cramps.

Would a kidney infection show up on a blood test? ›

To check for a kidney infection, you may be asked to provide a urine sample to test for bacteria, blood or pus in your urine. Your health care provider might also take a blood sample for a culture.

What is normal kidney function by age? ›

In adults, the normal eGFR number is more than 90. eGFR declines with age, even in people without kidney disease.
...
eGFR gets lower as we age. (even when you don't have kidney disease)
Age (years)Average eGFR
30–39107
40–4999
50–5993
60–6985
2 more rows

What is a good number for your kidneys? ›

A GFR of 60 or higher is in the normal range. A GFR below 60 may mean kidney disease. A GFR of 15 or lower may mean kidney failure.

Where do you itch with kidney disease? ›

It may affect your whole body or be limited to a specific area – usually your back or arms. Itching tends to affects both sides of the body at the same time and may feel internal, like a crawling feeling just below the skin.

How do I know if its kidney pain or muscle pain? ›

In general, back pain will be related to your muscles, occurs lower in your back, and causes a consistent ache. If it's kidney pain, it'll likely be higher, near your ribs. You may feel waves of severe pain and possibly have a fever. The pain may also be stronger on one side.

Where does your back hurt with a kidney infection? ›

The symptoms of a kidney infection usually develop quite quickly over a few hours or days. Common symptoms include: pain and discomfort in your side, lower back or around your genitals.

What color is urine when your kidneys are failing? ›

When kidneys are failing, the increased concentration and accumulation of substances in urine lead to a darker color which may be brown, red or purple. The color change is due to abnormal protein or sugar, high levels of red and white blood cells, and high numbers of tube-shaped particles called cellular casts.

Does kidney pain hurt all the time? ›

Kidney pain is felt higher and deeper in your body than back pain. You may feel it in the upper half of your back, not the lower part. Unlike back discomfort, it's felt on one or both sides, usually under your rib cage. It's often constant.

How can I check my kidneys at home? ›

4 Best At-home Kidney Test Kits
  1. Best blood sample test: LetsGetChecked Kidney Test.
  2. Best blood test for detailed results: Verisana Kidney Function Test.
  3. Best urine-based test: Healthy.io Minuteful Kidney.
  4. Best combination kit: Labcorp OnDemand Kidney Health Test Package.
21 Mar 2022

Why does my lower back hurt so much? ›

Lower back pain is very common. It can result from a strain (injury) to muscles or tendons in the back. Other causes include arthritis, structural problems and disk injuries. Pain often gets better with rest, physical therapy and medication.

What organs can cause lower back pain? ›

Which internal organs can cause someone to experience lower back pain?
  • Kidney problems. There are several types of kidney problems. ...
  • Appendicitis. ...
  • Ulcerative colitis. ...
  • Gallbladder dysfunction or inflammation. ...
  • Gynecological disorders. ...
  • Liver problems. ...
  • Pancreatitis. ...
  • Abdominal aorta.

How do I know if my back pain is serious? ›

Contact your health care provider for back pain that: Lasts longer than a few weeks. Is severe and doesn't improve with rest. Spreads down one or both legs, especially if the pain goes below the knee.

How do they check for kidney infection? ›

To check for a kidney infection, you may be asked to provide a urine sample to test for bacteria, blood or pus in your urine. Your health care provider might also take a blood sample for a culture. A culture is a lab test that checks for bacteria or other organisms in your blood.

Can kidney infection resolve on its own? ›

Kidney infections can lead to serious complications if untreated so it is important to see a doctor and not wait to see if the infection goes away on its own. Treatment for kidney infections depends on the severity of the infection and the patient's overall health.

Does clear pee mean kidney failure? ›

An occasional clear pee isn't a big deal. But if it's an ongoing issue you may be lowering salt and electrolyte levels below what your body needs. What if your urine is clear and you're not knocking back glass after glass of water? That may signal an underlying kidney problem or diabetes.

What are the signs that your kidneys are not working properly? ›

If your kidneys aren't working properly, you may notice one or more of the following signs:
  • Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
  • An upset stomach or vomiting.
  • Confusion or trouble concentrating.
  • Swelling, especially around your hands or ankles.
  • More frequent bathroom trips.
  • Muscle spasms (muscle cramps)
  • Dry or itchy skin.
10 Jan 2018

Is clear pee good? ›

Clear urine is a sign of good hydration and a healthy urinary tract. However, if they consistently notice clear urine and also have extreme or unusual thirst, it is best to speak to a doctor.

Why do I get random kidney pain? ›

The most common causes of kidney pain that radiates to the back are infections and kidney stones. A kidney infection may have started with a urinary tract infection (UTI). Kidney stones can cause a person to experience excruciating pain that feels like spasms. This pain may also spread to the groin.

How do you relieve kidney pain instantly? ›

10 At-Home Solutions for Kidney Pain
  1. Stay Hydrated. Hydration is key to relieving pain in the kidneys since water will help flush bacteria out of the body. ...
  2. Drink Cranberry Juice. ...
  3. Take Probiotics. ...
  4. Drink Parsley Juice. ...
  5. Take a Warm Epsom Salt Bath. ...
  6. Apply Heat. ...
  7. Use Non-Aspirin Pain Killers.
17 Sept 2019

Do kidneys hurt when dehydrated? ›

Severe dehydration can eventually build up waste in your kidneys, causing pain. This is why it's important to drink an adequate amount of water for your age, weight, and level of physical activity. A person who doesn't drink enough fluids over time may become dehydrated and eventually experience kidney pain.

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