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Differentiating pain kidneys lumbago and what to do to alleviate

It is very common to confuse the pain of lumbago or back pain with kidney pain, hence it is useful to know your symptoms to differentiate and take effective measures to alleviate them.

Throughout the day we can suffer various aches and pains as a result of certain conditions, disorders or diseases, or even simply by having poor posture while working or studying. In this sense we must differentiate between muscle or joint aches, those actually produced for some more internal pathology. However, depending on the location can serve us very difficult to know them apart.

It is what happens, for example, kidney pain and the pain of lumbago. Usually quite common especially confusing when the pain caused by kidney is actually not as sharp, intense and strong as usually in most cases. And above all, this confusion occurs because pain is common that both are located more or less at the same location.

The differences between low back pain and kidney pain

As surely know, the kidneys are two organs in the form of no larger than the fist of the hand of a child bean. Under normal conditions can be measured 13 cm long by 8 cm wide. Among other important functions are responsible for filtering the blood and eliminated through urine all those toxins and waste products that our body has produced and accumulated.

In fact did you know that every minute passes through the kidneys about 1 liter of blood? Moreover, every day they go through about 1,600 liters of blood, being able to completely purify the blood of our body every 50 minutes.

The kidneys are located on the back, specifically below the rib cage, one on each side (left and right). However, the right kidney lies somewhat lower than the left precisely because it is located under the liver. So when we feel pain in the lower back quickly we tend to rush into the self, being very common mistake thinking that the kidney can hurt us when in fact it is lumbago or back pain.

Back pain or kidney pain

The truth is that low back pain is extremely common and is usually associated with some renal pathology, but also often arises as a result of a muscle problem.

When we have a kidney pain is common pain appears suddenly without existed before any movement or sudden situation that may have resulted in their appearance (e.g. load too much weight, maintaining poor posture when sitting for a long time …), characterized besides being very intense and constant, so that it can eventually cause nausea and vomiting, in addition to fever.

It is what happens, for example, renal colic, one of the most common causes of kidney pain. This pain arises from the formation of kidney stones, especially due to the infection that occur inside the urinary tract. However, the pain of lumbago is one that is in the area of ​​the lower back, worse on stooping forward, lasting less than 4 weeks and relieved by the application of heat and massage therapy.

Useful tips to relieve back pain and kidney pain

When follow some tips and tricks useful in reducing the most intense and painful lower back pain or kidney pain symptoms, it is essential to keep in mind that the steps will be different depending on whether it is a condition or another:

  • In case of low back pain caused by lumbago or back pain: Unlike what the rest think it is not at all recommended, being much better to try to stay active to the extent of our possibilities. It is necessary to stimulate circulation, and to do nothing better than get up and walk 30 minutes every 3 hours.
  • In case of kidney pain: It is necessary to find out the house, although it is true that kidney pain is much more easily distinguishable from lumbago pain because it tends to be more intense and constant. If for example the pain is due to a renal colic is also common other symptoms like fever, nausea and vomiting that may arise. Painkillers can help relieve pain until the stone or calculus is expelled.

As we see, although it is common to confuse both pains in case of doubt, or very serious and severe symptoms, it is clear that the key is to quickly go to the doctor or the nearest emergency center where we are.

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