I was recently diagnosed with back spasms in my lower right back area after going to the ER with severe pain in that area. After 5 days of bed rest and pain medication, much to my surprise, I passed a 4mm stone. Is it common for a patient to have back spasms when they have a kidney stone? The doctor said he felt and saw the back spasms. Could it have been kidney spasms if there is such a thing?
This is referred to as renal colic. Small stones can obstruct the passage of urine and when the body tries to 'push' against the blockade this results in colic, which is severe attacks of pain. What you experienced could be this pain.
Thanks for the info doc :-)
I'm wondering what my doctor felt when he diagnosed back spasm. Was this my body trying to push out the stone? Is it possible I had back spasms as a bodily response to the kidney stone? The pain I understand but having back spasms AND a kidney stone at the same time is confusing me. Wouldn't a simple urine test have revealed that I had a stone?
Many times it may not be possible to diagnose a kidney stone by an urine analysis. There could be hematuria, blood in the urine when the stone is passed. The renal colic it occurs as episodes of pain recurring in nature. The pain is spasmodic in nature as the ureter is trying to push through the obstruction, which is usually a renal stone. The ureter is the tubular structure that connects the kidney to the bladder. So each time the urine tries to pass through the obstruction it causes severe pain. It can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sweating and sometimes blood in the urine. The back muscles can go into spasm in response to the apin.
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