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Discover the Signs and Symptoms of Kidney Stones
It is important that you are aware of the signs and symptoms of kidney stones to seek help as early as possible. Early detection of any illness is essential to address the problem properly on its early stage and avoid complications. Early diagnosis of any kidney problem will help you avoid serious kidney disease.

The signs and symptoms of kidney stones may vary from person to person and there are people who have kidney stones and yet they do not know it. If the stones are still small and not blocking the urinary track, it can pass along with the urine without any pain. But if the stones get bigger and obstructing the urinary track, pains at different levels will be felt.

Here are common signs and symptoms of kidney stones:

Different degrees of pain. One of the common signs and symptoms of kidney stones is pain. The pain depends on the size and location of the kidney stones. Pains may vary from tolerable to sharp or stabbing pains that may bring you to your knees or could make you unable to walk. The pain is usually on the side and lower back or pelvis. The pain may also radiate from the side to the lower abdomen or groin. It creates great discomfort to the sufferer and sometimes the pain is accompanied by vomiting and nausea.
Fever and chills. Along with the pain, sufferers may experience chills and fever. Your energy level becomes lower and you may experience fatigue and dizziness.

Painful urination and blood in the urine. Another included in list of signs and symptoms of kidney stones are pains during urination and the presence of blood in your urine. You may also notice unusual color and foul-smell of your urine.

Persistent urge to urinate. This is another annoying signs and symptoms of kidney stone. You will have that constant urge to urinate which is very annoying especially at night because it will really disturb your sleep.

Kidney stones problem has many symptoms, some can be tolerable but others can be really disturbing and disabling. It is important that you seek medical help once you recognize the signs and symptoms of kidney stones.

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Frequently Asked Questions

    What are some symptoms of having kidney problems?
    What are some symptoms of kidney problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Stones cause pain and blood in the urine. Infection can cause pain in the flank, urine odor and cloudiness. Decreased output with adequate intake needs a doctor evaluation immediately.

    What are the symptoms of kidney problems?
    Can missing your period be a sign of a kidney problem or ibs ?

    • ANSWER:
      Missed period is not related to kidney problems. The most common reason for a missed period would be pregnancy, then stress or illness.
      See a doctor.

    what are symptoms of kidney problems or failure?
    i think i have some sort of kidney problem but im not so sure. can someone please help me!!!

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      Fatigue and weakness
      Loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting
      Need to urinate frequently, especially at night
      Swelling of the legs
      Itching skin
      Numbness in the feet or hands
      Disturbed sleep,
      Altered mental status
      Restless legs
      High blood pressure, chest pain
      Shortness of breath
      Bone pain

      Hope this helps you

    Does a sore lowerback= kidney problems? other symptoms?
    I have had a sore lower back for the last week, maybe two weeks & it seems to be getting worse & worse. Its not a “general” all over back pain its in perticular spots on the left & right side of my lower back. Could this be kidney problems? what are some other kidney problem symptoms? thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      This sounds very much like kidney stones. There is often a sharp, stinging and stabbing pain in your lower back on one or both sides. Drinking a lot of water helps to get rid of the pain as kidney stones absolutely love water.

      You can see further information in a web search for “how to dissolve kidney stones”.

    What are the symptoms of kidney problems in an anorexic person? Can it be mistaken for kidney stones?

    • ANSWER:
      Anorexia messes up your electrolytes, the chemical balances of your body, and the result can be stones or kidney failure from chronic dehydration and low potassium levels. More info:

    What symptoms are there for any and all kidney problems?
    KIdney problems what are the symptoms?

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      lower back pain, high fever, dark urine, bad chills, fatigue.

    Health: What are the symptoms of kidney problems?

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      I am on kidney dialysis at home called PD. I would not wish this on my worst enemy. It has alot to get used to as apposed to the normal way or going to the bathroom. I am a diabetic and have been since I was 19 years old. There is no way of knowing that your kidneys are failing, no phusical way really. It doesnt hurt while its happening. No pain is involved. It is after the fact of them failing that your body reacts. Cramping, bowels are upset, weight gain from too much fluid in the body, sleepless, less and less urine being passed, deit , food intake changes, you lose your memory; forgetful,bloating, and in sme cases depression. The answer to all of this is going on a list for kidney transplant which is in my future. Go to the kidney foundation or Both are a good sort of info.

    Anyone had Kidney problems?…If so,is it possible to just get pain in back with no other symptoms?
    Ive got a sharp stabbing pain towards the lower half of my back to the right of my spine right in the muscle next to it. I just wondered if it was a sign of kidney problems, as i saw it on the net thats a symptom of kidney infection. thanks

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      I have kidney disease have since childhood, and I am non symptomatic in terms of fever urinary issues but I have horrible kidney pain. so yes you can have kidney infections without other symptoms though it is not common. sometimes scarring on the kidneys from chronic infections can cause pain even when you are clear of infection. But you should be seeing a nephrologist or urologist, or at least your primary care provider. also if you are prone to infection you should be having regular (at least every six months) blood draws and urinalysis. A Dr may suggest a nuclear scan to assess damage and inflammation along with a sed rate. Also make sure you urinate before and after sex if you are active. before careful, I wish I knew more as a teenager.

    Symptoms of kidney problems?
    I’m not sure if I’m just being paranoid or if I might have something wrong with my kidneys. My mom probably wouldn’t take me to the doctor and I wouldn’t want to go unless we were sure these are signs of kidney problems.

    Ever since I was little, I would get UTI’s ALL THE TIME. Luckily, these have decreased, but I still get them occasionally (I’m 14 now). Sometimes my urine is cloudy or really yellow. Other times, out of nowhere, it’s clear. (The color might have something to do with the fact that I hardly ever drink water. I know it’s really unhealthy. I feel like it’s such a waste of money drinking bottled water and I feel bad. But the tap water in my town taste horrible! But even days when I don’t drink any water, my urine is clear.) I’ve never had blood in my urine or anything extreme.

    Also, I have really bad back pain everyday! It’s so annoying! I’ve always had back bain (I think because of cheerleading and gymnastics). It’s mostly in my lower back. Finally, I heard somewhere that kidney problems can lead to swelling. I might be imagining it, but I think my ankles are bigger than they used to be. They aren’t sore or tender or anything though.

    Does it sound like a have a problem with my kidneys? I know that, if anything, it will be an extremely mild problem, but I’m just curious. Also, what are some other symptoms of kiney problems?

    Thanks in advance! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Your mum probably won’t take you to the doctor? Then go yourself, if it’s kidney problems it should be attended to straight away.

    What are the symptoms of Kidney damage in a puppy?
    My two puppies have been on the recalled food (canned Nutro Natural Choice chicken, rice, and oatmeal puppy food) and have been very sick with vomiting and bloody watery stools. They have gotten better with veterinary treatment and since they are not on the food, but now one of them is drinking a lot and her urine is clear. Does it mean that she is having problems with her kidney’s? What are the symptoms of kidney problems?

    I have already called the vet, but since it is after hours I am waiting for them to call me back. So please no “go to the vet” replies. There is not a 24 hour clinic in my area, so I have to wait for my vet. I will take her as soon as the vet calls, I am just worried now.
    Also, they have had all of their shots and tested negative for both parvo and intestinal parasites.

    • ANSWER:
      Even if your pups are not ill, wait till monday have the vet do do blood test from that they can check if values relating to kidneys or liver are abnormal, if so they can do further diagnostics, also lodge and complaint, their may very well be compensation for those dogs affected.

      I hoped your dogs are okay

    Can kidney problems make your face swell and sensitive?
    I woke up this morning with my face and abdomin, places I noticed a difference, puffy. Plus, my face is still red after I used the same facial cleaner I have used for months, today is the first time this has happened. You can actually see where I had the cleanser on.

    I have been pushing lots of water for 5 days because I have been having problems, symptoms seem similiar to kidney stones, but have not be diagnosis with them yet. I know, get them checked, but don’t have insurance to cover the CT scan. Have had other tests run, urine,blood,ultra sound. Plus, there is a swelling near or where my ureter is. Not a cyst or tumor. I guess I wanted to know if anyone has had a similiar problem. Thank you for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      *Thinks about this*

      Seems a bit of an abstract thing to happen…. but if your kidneys aren’t working properly then your blood isn’t being effectively filtered, and all kindsa crap could be building up in there and reacting with different parts of your body along the way….. so yes, its possible…

    Can Kidney problems be associated wt Lyme disease?
    I’ve recently been diagnosed wt Lyme disease and i am now seeing the symptoms of kidney problems. I was wondering is it likely for humans to have kidney problems wt Lyme disease?

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      uh huh

    what are some symptoms of kidney problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Low back pain (can be severe), fever, pain when urinating/blood in urine, skin turning yellow, diarrhea, water retention, nausea, fatigue, vomiting. So many symptoms! I had a kidney removed. The tell-tale sign was horrendous pain in my back. I also turned yellow and had a high fever and vomiting. They can diagnose kidney problems through ultrasounds and urine tests.

      If you have major pain/fever, get to a doctor right away.

    Could these symptoms mean Kidney Problems?
    Okay so about two days ago I got super sick… and here are my symptoms…

    -I have a very bad pain where my left kidney is located ( i googled that much)
    -I have a very bad head ache, either my forehead hurts, or my left side of my head has an awkward pressure feeling.
    -I have runny nose, fever, and I’m cold, which is probably cuz of the fever lol
    -I have some trouble urinating and having bowel movements
    -No matter how much a brush my teeth I have avery bad taste in the back of my throat
    -Funny feeling in my hands and legs when I stand up, along with lightheaded ness
    -Dizziness, and nausea, fatigue, and when I eat I can be full for hours, but I know I should eat.

    I searched some of it online but I wanted to get someone elses opinion. Im a generally healthy person and i HATE going to the doctors. I drink about 5-ish water bottles a day. At least 2.
    Any advice?

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    what are symptoms of kidney problems?

    • ANSWER:
      it depends on what kind of kidney problem u have.

    can i know what is the early symptoms of kidney problems??

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Amber,

      I’m assuming you’re asking this question because you’re worried about yourself or someone else. There are many different types of kidney problems; some involve your creatnin, BUN ratio, and liver enzymes as well.

      Since I don’t know what symptoms you’re experiencing, I can’t tell you exactly what to watch for, but here’s a base list:

      concentrated (bright-colored) urine, even when you’re drinking lots of water.
      constant thirst
      short-term memory loss

      If you don’t drink enough water, exercise a lot, eat too much protein, take a lot of medications or non-food-based supplements, or don’t get adequate nutrition, these can cause you to experience symptoms.

      I’d be happy to help you figure this out. Feel free to email/IM me.:)

    Is it true that itchy skin is a symptom of kidney problems?
    This is a general itchiness all over but no rash, spots or bites. I’ve heard that liver problems can cause an itchy skin, but kidneys too?
    I didn’t really believe the person who told me, just checking and wondered if anyone else had heard of it.

    As I don’t feel particularly ill and the only other symptoms are the usual hay fever ones I thought the itching was due to the pollen.

    • ANSWER:
      They can, but you would have other symptoms and be rather ill.

      Chances are you have an allergy to something.
      The body getting too hot can also give these symptoms.

      Keep checking for a rash or bites, sometimes they don’t come up straight away.

      If you are very concerned please visit your doctor

    If you had kidney problems would it be painful?
    like would have alot of pain in the back? What would the symptoms of kidney problems be?

    • ANSWER:
      Probably. The pain would be in the lower back about waistline. Other symptoms would be a foul smelling urine dark in color, hard time trying to urinate and fever. These 3 symptoms alone should be enough for you to call your doctor. Good luck and God Bless

    symptoms of kidney problems?

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    Is it kidney problems or scoliosis?
    I have pain in my lower, back and sometimes in my side..but not usually. The pain in my lower back dosen’t seem to be going away. The pain is also only on the side where my scoliosis is curved the most. I already had xrays but I don’t go to see my doctor til the end of the month. I don’t have any other symptoms of kidney problems..but i’m still really scared! I’m only 15 btw.

    • ANSWER:
      scoliosis. Kidneys are upper back.

    Is the slight pressure I’m feeling related to appendicitis or kidney problems?
    I have slight pressure in my lower right abdomen. It’s not an excruciating, throbbing pain but just uncomfortable. It comes and goes and sometimes feels like it radiates or switches to my lower back on the right as well. Could this be a symptom of kidney or appendix problems?

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    Kidney problems? recognize these symptoms?
    Does anyone out there suffer from kidney disease of any kind? I think something is up with my left kidney… Last year I was hospitalized for a severe kidney infection that wasn’t responding to antibiotics at first. When images of my left kidney were taken, everyone (including Drs) said there was an abscess. The specialist came along and squashed that theory before even looking at the images (you can see why I was skeptical of him after that). He said it was a cyst and that the cyst is shrinking. He also said that cysts don’t hurt, but mine does.

    So, anyway, here I am a year later with some random, unexplicable problems. The left kidney often throbs with pain (not severe, just annoying and persistent) my lower stomach is bloated almost all the time, my pee comes out slowly sometimes even though there is so much pressure and I drink and pee more than most people. I am also quite fatigued.

    Does this sound like it relates to my kidney? Can anyone relate to this?

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry I don’t but here is a website that may help you:

    If i was having kidney problems what would be the symptoms?
    like would there be alot of pain ad where

    • ANSWER:
      Acute renal failure often does not cause symptoms that you notice. If you are already in the hospital, tests done for other problems may also detect your kidney failure. When symptoms do appear, they may include:

      * Swelling, especially of the legs and feet.
      * Little or no urine output.
      * Thirst and a dry mouth.
      * Rapid heart rate.
      * Feeling dizzy when you stand up.
      * Loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting.
      * Feeling confused, anxious and restless, or sleepy.
      * Pain on one side of the back, just below the rib cage and above the waist (flank pain).

    How do you know you are having kidney problems?
    My friend has been having pain in her left side that at times is unbearable. Her blood pressure has also been affected. Could this be her Kidneys?What are some symptoms of kidney trouble.

    • ANSWER:
      The main indication of kidney trouble is problems with urination (pain, burning, frequency, strong odor, cloudiness, etc.). Blood in the urine can indicate an infection or a kidney stone. With a kidney infection, you have severe back, flank or abdominal pain and usually fever, chills, sometimes nausea and vomiting. A kidney stone has similar symptoms and is often described as the worst pain the person has ever had. Kidney issues definitely affect BP. I hope your friend is seeing a doctor.

    How can you differentiate between skeletal muscle pain and real kidney problems?
    I’ve had a dull pain deep in my back on the left side, where I think my kidney is. I dont know if I should have it checked out or if it is just a strained muscle….I have a toddler that I’m constantly chasing after, picking up, and some times not using my weight correctly on my back/legs. Are there other symptoms of kidney infections besides pain?

    • ANSWER:
      When I pee it feels like someone is stabbing me with a broadsword up the pee hole.

    What are the symptoms of a kidney problem?
    Would lower abdominal and back pain be one?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. Depending on the problem you might also have fever, nausea, blood in the urine etc.

      However lower abdominal and back pain can be from other things as well.

    what are the symptoms of any type kidney problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms depend on the specific disorder but in general there may be discolored urine, it may appear reddish-orange or smoky colored. Urination may be painful and urine output may be far below normal. Flank pain, fever. You should really focus on one disorder and run a search for specific symptoms.

    KIDNEY PROBLEMS!!! Has anyone else had these symptoms???
    My ex-boyfriend is complaining of really bad pain in his kidneys. He can feel it in his back (of course), and he is saying that he has to pee every 30 mins. Has anyone else ever had these symptoms, and what did the problem turn out to be??? He drinks a lot too, so I wonder if that is causing some problems…

    • ANSWER:
      It’s likely to be either kidney stone(s) or kidney infection. Either one is very serious and he needs to see a doctor right away.

    My dog is drinking an excessive amount of water, could this be kidney problems?
    My 11 year old Min Pin is drinking an excess amount of water. What are the symptoms of Kidney disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Could also be diabetes. Your best bet would be to make an appt. with your vet asap. Have you noticed what color the urine is? You might want to take a urine spec. in when you take your dog in. I hope it is nothing really serious.

    Can someone tell me what are the symptoms of kidney problem / diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      Type 2 diabetes: Extreme Thirst, Occasioned bluely vision,
      Frequent urination, Unusual drowsiness, Unexplained weight loss, Extreme hunger, irritability

    I need to prepare a balanced diet for someone with kidney problems.?
    List of food that can be eaten by someone who has symptoms of kidney trouble.

    • ANSWER:
      ask this person’s doctor to arrange a meeting with a dietican or nutrionrist, this professional can give you exact and useful information for you to use in preparing and planing menus for your friend…do not take advice from just anyone, it is worth the time to meet with a professional, this is life threatening if not eating properly…

    Kidney problem symptoms?
    What are the symptoms for kidney failures? My side is always hurting (flank pain), my stomach, I urinate all the time, I am exhausted and tired most of the time. I am a college student and I haven’t been able to go to class in the morning ‘coz I am extremely tired even if I go to sleep early. I have headache all the time………
    I also have a hard time breathing and my abdominal area is always hurting (not because of diarrhea or anything).. It just hurts a lot. I didn’t really mind before because it was only a spasm, it comes and go but lately its been hurting more and more.

    • ANSWER:
      Actually I have kidney failure and am currently on dialysis. While the previous answer is correct most times you will not feel any symptoms of kidney failure to the last minute when you have no function. If you are urinating frequently then it is not likely you have kidney failure. Your kidneys are not near your stomach so if you have pain it would be in your lower back…my best suggestion would be to take the urine test at your doctor’s office or local clinic. See most people do not have 100 percent kidneys but kidney failure is not something you feel the decrease of. BUT IF YOU GET lower back pain, blood in urine, no urine then I would suggest you IMMEADIATELY SEE A DOCTOR!

    Kidney Problems. Please can you help with symptoms ????

    Ok quick run down , for the last 4 month i have had a constant ache in my back, to the point i can’t get out of bed some morning’s , so i bought a new mattress thinking dodgi springs…
    In the mean time i had a what i thought was a 24 hr bug of continuous sickness, i mean continuous for 8-9 hrs , not to be crude but it was yellow bile, with fever and cold spells, couldn’t physically move out of bed and feelin bad….

    Got over it but still got the back/ rib weird ache and feelin really really tired to the stage where i just need to rest even for 10 mins…

    So last week all the above returned with a vengence but just before the sickness, i came in from work and felt ill sick and so so so tired, then bang sickness, pain my sides felt huge and swollen and after 12 hrs off sufferin i had to go to my GP and i was told silly not for goin immediatly to the hospital…

    I was diagnosed with a severe kidney infection.

    Finished antibio but still feelin a crushin weird pain ?
    And also putting on weight…

    Now another strange thing is i get a itch in my ankle area , sometimes all over is this connected ???

    So what is going oncan anyone help ???

    • ANSWER:
      Those kidney infections are wicked!! The whole body often feels like it was run over by a truck…weakness, chills, vomiting.

      It sounds as though you need another course of antibiotics. If your infection was that bad, and considering the delay I’m almost sure it was, one course of antibiotics may not be enough. It sounds as though you only took antibiotics for a week; you may need another week. You need to go back to the doc and tell him your symptoms.

      The itching could be an allergic reaction to the antibiotic. Kidney failure can also cause itching, but I wouldn’t say that’s what your problem is at this time. It’s very difficult to know what’s going on with someone without seeing them and lab results. Your best bet is a return visit to your doc.

      I’m sure you’re drinking lots of fluids; keep that up. You want to flush the kidney on a continuous basis. Be sure you’re eating properly and getting enough electrolytes too. In other words, 8 cups of water are good, but add some other fluids too.

      You are going to have to be patient. Your body has been through a lot, and it’s going to take time for it to fully recover. Good luck!

    I’m really worried that I have kidney problems?
    I have socliosis and have had horrible lower back problems that i’ve never experience before. My mom INSISTS that I don’t have kidney problems, and that it’s my scoliosis. She scheduled an appointment for my back doctor I really don’t think it’s my back. I have normal urination, and no fever though. So what are some other symptoms that I have kidney problems? I’m really scared, please some answers to soothe my nerves would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      What makes you think it’s your kidneys?

      Urine color and frequency are usually signs of a kidney problem, though you said it’s normal.

    Symptoms of kidney stones, but there are no urological problems, What do i have?
    I have the symptoms of kidney stones, or UTI’s. I do NOT have any kidney stones of urine infections or bladder infections. I thought i did, but after several tests, and ultra sounds there are no problems in that area.

    What else could be causing burning when urination with incontinence, as well as abdominal pains, pain in my lower back, and foul smelling urine? I’ve had the burning and incontinence for exactly one year now, and i’m thinking maybe its an STI such as chlamydia?
    I went to a urologist, that was all the tests he does. I cant do any tests for STD’s or STI’s til im back in the UK.
    And he can’t think what i could have. I’m 18 and living in an arab country so he cant suspect anything sexual because it’s illegal out of marriage.

    • ANSWER:
      Pregnancy possibly, or an STD. Go to a gynecologist and get tested for either.

    Kidney Problems?
    I think I might have kidney problems because I get lower back pains…
    What are some symptoms of kidney problems?
    Because my legs are KILLING me…for no reason at all…could this be because of this?
    Does this run in families because my dad has kidney problems..?

    thank you.=]

    • ANSWER:
      Well I have Polycystic Kidney Disease. When I was 14, I started getting lots of pain in my lower back… everyone I told(family) kept telling me that it was “growing pains” Well it wasn’t… a few months later my father passed away from Polycystic Kidney Disease. It’s a genetic disease so they then tested me and I came up positive. It’s been almost 10 years I’ve been living with the disease and I have lower back pain, sometimes my legs hurt, I have bad circulation. But it’s hard to tell what is from what because i also have heart problems and an ovary disease. I think you should see a kidney doctor. you might have to get a referal from your family doctor but I recommend you do. good luck…hope you are well.

    is catnip safe for cats with kidney problems?
    is catnip safe for cats with kidney problems?
    my 12 year old cat has been on a special prescription diet for renal problems for a couple of years (hill’s k/d). Thankfully he has no symptoms and seems healthy in spite of his compromised kidneys. Anyway.. like most cats, he loves catnip. Does anyone know if cats with kidney disease have problems processing catnip/ excreting it? Is it ok to keep giving it to him? thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      As far as I know cats don’t eat catnip, they just like the aroma so you probably don’t need to worry.

    What are the symptoms of having a kidney problem?

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      Chronic Kidney Disprders:What are the symptoms of autosomal dominant PKD?
      The most common symptoms are pain in the back and the sides—between the ribs and hips—and headaches. The pain can be temporary or persistent, mild or severe.
      People with autosomal dominant PKD also can experience the following complications:
      •urinary tract infections—specifically, in the kidney cysts
      •hematuria—blood in the urine
      •liver and pancreatic cysts
      •abnormal heart valves
      •high blood pressure
      •kidney stones
      •aneurysms—bulges in the walls of blood vessels—in the brain
      •diverticulosis—small pouches bulge outward through the colon.
      •A number of different medical conditions can lead to an increased risk for developing kidney stones:
      oGout results in an increased amount of uric acid in the urine and can lead to the formation of uric acid stones.

      oHypercalciuria (high calcium in the urine), another inherited condition, causes stones in more than half of cases. In this condition, too much calcium is absorbed from food and excreted into the urine, where it may form calcium phosphate or calcium oxalate stones.

      oOther conditions associated with an increased risk of kidney stones includehyperparathyroidism, kidney diseases such as renal tubular acidosis, and some inherited metabolic conditions including cystinuria and hyperoxaluria. Chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension) are also associated with an increased risk of developing kidney stones.

      oPeople with inflammatory bowel disease or who have had an intestinal bypass or ostomy surgery are also more likely to develop kidney stones.

    what are the symptoms of kidney problem?

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      A metallic or other foreign taste in your mouth
      Feeling cold
      High blood pressure
      Itching and dryness of the skin
      Loss of appetite or nausea
      Pain in the small of the back in the area of the kidneys
      Poor concentration, confusion, forgetfulness
      Poor sex drive
      Restless or cramped legs
      Shortness of breath
      Swelling in the hands, feet, or face, especially around the eyes, when you just wake up)
      Urination problems, such as foamy or bloody urine, more or less urine than usual, or a change in how often you urinate

    What are the main symptoms of a kidney problem? I pee little but often?

    • ANSWER:
      Two common causes of peeing “little but often” are DIABETES (covered in an answer to a different question of yours a few days ago), and UTI’s (Urinary Tract Infections) which include kidney infections.

      The blood circulating around our bodies needs to be kept clean – and that’s the job of our kidneys. Our kidneys filter our blood, and they get rid of any blood wastes by sending these waste products off to the urinary bladder, to be passed out of the body later as urine. It’s the blood wastes such as urea and ammonium which make your pee smell.

      We can all get bacterial infections anywhere along this “urinary tract”, from your kidneys at the top, all the way down through your bladder, right down to your urethra. The most common forms of UTI’s are acute cystitis, often referred to as a bladder infection. At the upper end of the urinary tract, we can also get kidney infections, which can be more serious.

      Common symptoms of UTI’s (and therefore the main symptoms of kidney problems) include:
      •frequently feeling the need to urinate;
      •frequent urination;
      •pain during urination; and
      •cloudy urine.

      I also know from personal experience that a kidney infection can cause pain in and around your kidneys (situated around the middle of your lower back, either side of your spine, and about halfway out from your spine).

      Similar to my answer to a different question of yours a few days ago, if you think you have any type of kidney problems at all, it’s important for you to see your qualified medical practitioner SOON, to see if you should have some simple tests to finds out what’s wrong.

      Although they cause discomfort, UTI’s can usually be easily treated with a short course of antibiotics – but *please* make sure you take the whole course of antibiotics your doctor has prescribed. Don’t just take a few, start feeling better, and stop taking them. If you’re prescribed 7 tablets, take all 7. If you’re prescribed 20 tablets, take all 20 – this way, the infection shouldn’t return immediately.

      Always remember *prevention* too – the best way to prevent any type of Urinary Tract Infection from happening is to regularly drink PLENTY of water, to flush out your urinary system. In the old days, doctors used to advise everyone to drink 8 cups of water a day. Naturopaths advise us to drink more than that – for every 20 kg (44 lb) of body weight, they say you need to drink 1 litre (1/4 gallon) of water per day. Therefore, if I weigh 60 kg (132 lb), then I need to drink 3 litres (3/4 gallon) of water each day.

      To make it easy, a good rule of thumb is this: If you start to feel thirsty, then you haven’t drunk enough water – so you need to go and have a big drink of water now, PLUS drink more often.

      Good luck! :-)

    I have a sharp pain in my lower back only on one side; don’t think it’s kidney problems…?
    I have had this rather sharp pain in my lower back only on the left side for about 4 days now. I was wondering if maybe it might be a kidney problem, but I don’t have any other symptoms of kidney problems like blood in urine or burning sensations, nausea, etc. It hurts to the point of not being able to get it massaged because that just makes it hurt worse. I’m considering accupuncture, but I’d like to know what’s wrong first! HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      OK, you know when you go to the doctor, he asks, what is the pain like, is it dull, sharp. Sharp pain is a warning, warning, warning. Do not massage the site, go to the phone, call your doctor and see him at the earliest date possible, today if you can, if it gets worse go to the emergency room. This can be an ovary, cyst on an ovary, appendix, do not wait for something to perforate, and you need surgery, seek help now.

    Before bloodwork showed with liver or kidney probs, what symptoms did you exhibit?
    For those people with liver or kidney problems…did you have your symptoms long before you were diagnosed with a problem?

    I seem to be exhibiting every serious symptoms of a kidney or liver disorder except bloodwork is showing nothing.
    Severe pruritus, itchy/buring skin, inflamed RUQ, swollen eyes, nausea and swollen joints, burning eyes. NO blood indicators.
    I have a lot of suspicion of have kidney problems, because it started when was holding 10lbs of water.

    Swollen kidney? Enflamed Nephrons? Without blood problems?

    Thanks very much for sharing your experiences.
    Also, this has gone on over year, without letting up… Im holding water in my gut too.

    • ANSWER:
      I have PBC – Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (Stage 3 liver disease) and am on medication for it. The only symptom I exhibited before being diagnosed is severely itchy skin, which I assumed was dry skin but never had professionally diagnosed. Apparently some liver diseases cause you to itch a lot. Luckily, I was diagnosed during a routine physical where my doctor ran a panel of blood screens and they found the liver enzymes were high. That led to more tests by a specialist, which eventually led to a biopsy to determine for sure what was going on. Anyway, have you gotten a second opinion or gone to a different lab for the blood work? Maybe the doctor isn’t running the correct tests on the blood? Good luck, hope you feel better soon.

    Is there a possiblity that i am suffering from any kidney problems?
    Im going to the doctor’s on Monday but i just really want to know what i am probably suffering from in case my doctor misdiagnoses me. My symptoms are:

    Stabbing pain in my kidney, i don’t have that much anymore but i can feel it.
    Pain in the stomach and in my other intestine’s area’s
    Memoryloss, i didn’t remember what day it was lately.
    Weak legs
    Rarely urinating.
    Headache’s which i usually don’t get.
    Muscle pain when i haven’t really excercised on those muscles.
    Metallic taste in my mouth.

    I just want to clear my head and know if it’s anything serious or not for the reasons above, can you please help me out here? All help is appreciated and thank you so much for your time!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds more like you are dehydrated…drink lots of water and cranberry you have a fever? if so take tylenol or motrin. Kidney pain is usually in the back, not the abdomen. This is from my own personal experience. I have only one kidney, lost the other one some years ago……..Good Luck

    can you have a kidney problem when you have other symptoms that my be related?
    for several months, i have had flank pain, on and off, puffy eyes in the mornings, itching in both legs, sometimes low grade fever and slight chills that come and go, i sometime urinate 1 or 2 times in a whole day, i went to the doctor but i was afraid to tell her because i thought what would she think if i had so many symptoms all at once. i am 37 yr old female.

    • ANSWER:
      Why on earth would you be afraid to tell a doctor something? Thats what YOU are paying the Doctor for, to help you with a medical problem. You dont have a personal relationship with a doctor, they are there to meet your medical needs.I have kidney issues and what your describing fits everything to a t with the exception of the itching. Flank pain and low grade fevers for several months is not normal. Do yourself a favor, go back to the doctor, tell her EVERYTHING. If she cant help, she will refer you to a urologist who can do proper testing for urinary tract infection, kidney and bladder problems etc. I know its scary, but believe me, I waited for years to investigate and now Im paying an enormous price.You are only hurting yourself by doing nothing about this. Good luck, I hope everything works out.

    If i was having a kidney issue what would be the symptoms?
    Im asking this because i have bubbly pee but when i drink alot of water the bubbly pee kinda goes away so im wondering if it has anything to with kidney problems. I do eat alot of protein foods like meat.

    • ANSWER:
      It is significant in women, as it is common in men to have this type of urine.
      Anyway you will need a check up and urine examination to find out for sure. Symptoms are- frequent urination, dysuria, backache etc.
      All the best!

    What are the main symptoms of a serious kidney problem?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a kidney infection and an extra toob on my kidney.. im not sure if thats as seriouse as you were thinking but my symptoms were:
      Lower back pain
      Pain in my right lowere quardant of my stomach
      Pressure when i urinate
      dull and sharp pains all over
      and cramps.
      Hope this helps you!

    Multiple sclerosis symptoms? Spina bifida, kidney failure, other health problems?
    My husband &I are really worried. He is 42 years old &born w/spina bifida. He has always been mobile &worked hard at his job. He lost a kidney @ 4y.o. and now his remaining kidney is loosing more function (about 40%). He also has a urostomy and has issues w/bowels. He is dx w/high blood pressure, controlled with medication. Recently,2-wks ago), he was admitted into the hospital for extremely high fever btw 104 &106. His body had produced an e-coli infection that zapped him. He lost function of his kidney from 56% to 40%. He was extremely dehydrated &was swollen in the face to where his eyes were almost swollen shut. We think this is bc his kidney wasn’t filtering due to the infection. On Monday of this past week, he felt so much better &went back to work. His nephrologist &urologist are just monitoring him bc he is doing well w/those functions. Our concern is that his legs are like jello& twitch @ night, his balance is off, his hands are numb&trembling, he is sooo fatigued& has a hard
    time w/even simple activities. Is there a concern to get checked for MS? Can you have Spina bifida and MS? Thank you for your help and knowledge.
    He has always had the twitching of legs at night and muscle spasms. Some nites are worse than others. He has in the past 4-5 years developed the hand tremors, mostly when he’s mowing or has been exposed to heat. The jello/rubber legs are new and they are sore, I assume from the spasms. We associated the fatigue w/kidney. Not sure where to go. We are a newly married couple 4 years seeking fertility treatments to have a baby. I just want him to feel better. I would take it all for myself if I could. I’ve never even had a fever over 100 and hardly get a cold. I just worry about him so much! Thanks for listening!
    One more thing, he also has a horrible dry cough that they checked w/a chest x-ray in the hospital that came back okay. Could this be a symptom too?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had MS for 10 years and his symptoms could be MS but they could also be caused by something else. Is he using any products with artificial sweeteners? If so, stop immediately because these can poison you and mimic MS. You’d be surprised what products have artificial sweeteners in them these days. I can’t chew any gum at all anymore because all of them are using some form of artificial sweetener even if they are not sugarless. Read labels and make sure he isn’t ingesting any of them. If it turns out he has MS this is especially important because it will just aggravate the symptoms. I’m truly sorry he has been dealing with so many medical issues. I know how hard it can be dealing with MS and just the issues it alone causes.

    Kidney problems from the recall, what are the symptoms?
    My dog suddenly got sick, he’s still eating, hes a 9 year old portugese water spaniel and he has had the runs and been throwing up for about a week, he eats beneful wet&dry food, is he suffering from the tainted recall food? He’s my baby and if he died i would cry for days

    • ANSWER:
      not wanting to eat
      take him 2 the vet

    intermittent flank pain, is it kidney problems?
    Hello i just started to have intermitten flank pain on my right side but goes away. It happened a couple times, once in the movies when I was sitting and yesterday. The pain went away. It wasn’t accompanied by anything else. Is this a symptom of a kidney problem or diabetes? I am obese and have gained a lot of weight recently and do have high blood pressure. I am a little scared.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s possibly related to your kidney, but it could also be gas or a number of other problems (including gallstones). If the pain becomes severe, you develop nausea or vomiting, or if it becomes more persistent, you should make an appointment with your primary doctor. If the pain becomes very severe, go to the emergency department.

    What is the MAJOR (main and formost in all patients) symptom of kidney problems…?
    such as needing dialysis?

    • ANSWER:
      If you aren’t eliminating fluid (peeing) then you need dialysis every time but it would be pretty rare to suddenly notice that you’ve stopped peeing. Many people stop peeing “right” or enough and they end up on dialysis. Often they’ve notice swollen feet, ankles, calves, etc. signs of edema and gone to the doctor.

      Edema is a common sign of diminished kidney function but dimminisher kidney function is an uncommon reason for edema. However, edema does cause other symptoms beyond swollen extremities. Other physical symptoms of having excess fluid in the body are high blood pressure and fatigue. However, there are other reasons a person might have edema needing dialysis is a small percentage possibility.

      Kidney disease is measured on a five stage scale. When you’re diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease One (CKD1) by a doctor it means that your kidneys are slightly impaired, CKD2, CKD3, CKD4 are all degrees of increased imparement and CKD5 means that you need either dialysis or a kidney transplant. What stage of CKD a person is in is defined by a person’s Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR).

      The GFR is determined by a doctor through a blood test (check out wikipedia entry for GFR here ) Once a person’s GFR goes below 15 many nephrologists will suggest dialysis (or a transplant if a living donor is available).

      Sometimes people hear their doctor say that they should get ready for dialysis and it is a shock. “Dialysis? Even though I feel okay … maybe tired or less of an appetite but still DIALYSIS?!”

      But if your kidneys are not doing the right job – taking things out of the blood they should be leaving in (spilling protein) or letting things they should control out of control – then a doctor will know that you need or will need dialysis long before you feel really sick. The blood test can say dialysis long before you feel as bad as you imagine you should need to feel for dialysis.

      If your doctor is telling you that dialysis is in your future; that you either have to start now or have a fistula placed and start soon then you should listen. Even if don’t feel that sick. Starting dialysis with some kidney function will be much easier on your body and there are some kinds of dialysis like peritoneal dialysis that can preserve kidney function.

      If you doubt a blood test result then do get a second opinion but if the second blood test result an/or a urinalysis (sometimes you need to collect 24 hours worth of urine) indicate CKD4 to 5 then it is time to come to grips and get knowledgeable about CKD. It’s time for you to go to KidneySchool: