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Hi! I have been having pain on my sides, mostly my right side, on and off for a few weeks now. The pain is above my hip, but below my rib cage. It is a little tender to the touch, but the pain is dull when not pressed. Like I said, the pain comes and goes. Any help would be appreciated!


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replied March 12th, 2012
Kidney Conditions Answer A32667
Hello and welcome to e health forum. ‎

Most likely, your pain as described in the history, could be due to renal stones. ‎

Pain that originates due to renal issues (Stones, infection) is usually episodic , spasmodic or colicky in ‎nature, ‎‎‎‎‎‎originating ‎in the flank and radiating to the lower belly, inner thigh. It is ‎associated with other ‎‎‎‎symptoms like ‎‎nausea, vomiting ‎and systemic features due to any infection. ‎
The exact cause of your symptoms need to be ruled out with a ultrasound or a CT scan of the abdomen. The ‎‎results of a Urinalysis, might also give a clue to the probable cause. ‎

Treatment usually includes pain medication and increased fluids (to drink) until the stone is passed. Over the ‎counter pain medication (eg, ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin) may be helpful. If the pain is not controlled, a stronger ‎medication (narcotic) may be needed

Small stones (less than 5 mm) usually pass without treatment. Larger stones (greater than 9 ‎mm) rarely pass on their own and need specific treatment at a hospital with measures like ESWL and cystoscopic retrieval of stone.‎

You might consult with your doctor for a examination and proper therapeutic advice.‎



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