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back pain

ive had lower right side of my back pain for two days i thought i needed to go to the bathroom so i took pills to help me go finally 24 hours later i went but my back is still hurting some and it feels like ive been hit on that side it is so sore any suggestions
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You could see a doctor, have kidney labs done (GFR, BUN, creatinine, urinalysis).  Incidentally, if you suspect a kidney problem (which you likely do since you came to a kidney forum), your pain pills should not be Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen) since ibuprofen can cause kidney damage.  Tylenol is a better choice (but don't go overboard on it either).  Good luck!
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been having lower right side back pain for about 2 mo, worried it's from liver pushing on kidneys. I just found out I have hep-c and would most likely had it 20+ yrs. I cant start treatment for 2 mo till i get approval on program to help w cost. I have no insurance. Had no other signs, gave blood at church and got letter. I do have faith but still have moments of weakness. GOD BLESS EVERYONE.
963889 tn?1359677334
if the pain is lower back it is very unlikely to be kideny releated, kidney pain is more to the side, one or both, and is around waist height just below the ribs at the back, dont take the chance though and get kideny labs done ie egfr!!!
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I posted in 2008 on if I could raise my GFR.  At the time I was 53 yrs old with 47 EGFR.  I had all the tests and it always came in at 47 or 48.  I spent a year going to the Nephrologists who ordered kidney ultrasounds and told me my kidneys didn't look too bad.  I was Cindy1972 when I last posted and somehow I couldn't use that name or password any longer even with password reset so here I am again and wanted to tell you all that the nephrologists told me that heavy usage of NSAIDS like Ibuprophen, Celebrex, Daypro, Aleve, etc was probably the cause of my damage.  Since then I completely quit them and went on Lyrica for my fibromyalgia pain which was the reason for the NSAIDS to begin with.  Upon my last visit to the Nephrologist she told me my eGFR had increased to 55 which thrilled me.  I am still in stage 3 kidney disease but seem to be a bit better with the larger number.  The only thing I did was to change from a high beef diet with colas to a chicken diet or meatless meals and began drinking decaf. tea and coffee.  I still have to return to the Nephr Dr pretty soon but she gave me a year inbetween visits.  She also told me I would never die from kidney disease.  That made me feel better but I still have low numbers.  So, you CAN increase your numbers but I believe each case is different and for some there will be no increase and it's a very complicated mathmatical problem the way they figure your risk.  Hopefully, mine will not have gone back down on my next visit but for those of you wanting to know if you could increase the GFR I just wanted you to know you can.  
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I increased my GFR with diet as well. Although mine was a bit stricter than yours. I really reduced my salt and potassium. I went from stage 3 to stage 2. Its good to hear of someone else because there have been a few people on here who were told by their nephrologists that this wasn't possible.

Good luck all
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I bleive it is possible, as have heard a number say have raised egfr with diet.  I was told that it does depend on the underlying cuase of the CKD though?   if the underlying cause cannot be recitifed, then no ammount of diet can increase the function, although can slow it down???  I have no bladder as it had to be surigcally removed and as such have an ileal conduit (urostomy)  due to this there are no vlaves to stop reflux and as the bowel acts as a go between froom kidneys to a bag, (and the bowel is naturally full of bacteria) contaminatted urine continually refluxes. This is apparently what is ccausing my rapid decline in function.  Am still going to try diet though as even if it slows thats soomething.  Was also told that when the inevitable time came, I would not be a candidate for transplant as the prognosis will be the same, ie I am a waster of a good kidney!!!! ehcne slowing it down is essentail. any other hints?  Have dropped 37 in 7 months, just had egfr done again yesterday so waiting to see what happening.  had to really push myself  to get bloods done as part of me really doesnt want to know. has only been 6 weeks since last one but wnats to do monthly due to speed of drops, fingers crossed the pattern has changed lol
963889 tn?1359677334
god look at those typos!!! tried to cancel to edit but too quick. meant to read "hence slowing it down......." hope you can understnad the gibberish, not me its the keyboard lol
963889 tn?1359677334
god look at those typos!!! tried to cancel to edit but too quick. meant to read "hence slowing it down......." hope you can understnad the gibberish, not me its the keyboard lol
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Hello and hope you are doing well.

The most common cause for this type of severe pain which starts at the back just below the rib cage and radiates to the front and goes into the pelvis is 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 other causes for the pain are: Pyelonephritis (infection of the kidneys) and Glomerulonephritis (inflammation of the kidneys), here you are likely to have fever and  others like gastroenteritis, diverticulitis, bowel obstruction, polyps and Irritable bowel syndrome, here there should be accompanying bowel symptoms like diarrhea and vomiting.

I would advise you to consult your primary care physician for evaluation of pain. He will ask for blood tests, urine analysis, an x ray and an ultra sonogram of the abdomen. Sometimes he may ask for an Intravenous pyelogram and a CT scan.  In the meantime take OTC Naproxen for pain relief and plenty of oral fluids.

Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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