Every disease or illness is characterized with certain symptoms, knowing the signs and symptoms helps us identify and treat the illness effectively. But, what if the symptoms of two different illness appear to be undistinguished, overlapped and create a confusion. One such illness that is often misinterpreted is the lower back pain and the kidney pain. Many of us fail to figure out the difference when we experience pain particularly when it’s either kidney or lower back pain.Let’s explore the exact differences between the symptoms, triggers, and characteristics of these conditions to spot out the difference more accurately.
It is signified as back pain when you experience vacillating pain anywhere in the lower back or buttocks whereas kidney pain also occur in the back but, the pain is specifically more constant and sharp between the hips or flanks and the ribs. The location of Back pain varies and extend up to the neck and upper back, on the other hand kidney pain is pin point. Back pain may also spread or radiate to other parts of the body, like the back of the thigh, buttock, calf, or foot. Diving down to Kidney pain, it may spread to the lower abdomen and inner thigh.
The other parameters that differentiate the Back pain and Kidney pain include:
|Parameters||Back Pain||Kidney Pain|
|Triggers||Prolonged sitting, lying, standing (sciatic pain)||Drinking large amount of fluids (in ureteropelvic junction [UPJ] obstruction)
Usually not triggered by movements
No matter what may be the cause or how minimal the severity of the pain is. It is advisable toconsult a doctor for signs or symptoms of back pain or kidney pain to figure out the root cause and to avoid further complications.
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