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Hello.

I'm having some pressure in the area of my right kidney (i.e. around the lower area of my rib cage, kind of towards the back). Like, right in the floating rib area.

It feels as if there were a balloon under my rib cage and every few days somebody tries to inflate it just a little. I went to a doctor and he said he thought it was my liver that was "fatty", which he deduced from some blood tests. I weigh 250lbs and am definitely overweight. But people say I carry it really well, and I have a lot of muscle mass. But I have put on about 15 pounds in the last several months since I took a desk job. But the doctor didn't even feel the area with his hands!

I have a friend who is an echocardiographer. While he doesn't know much about kidneys, per se, he did an ultrasound on me and said he felt fairly certain there was no calcification (i.e. kidney stones).

Until today there was no pain, just pressure. Today it feels every-so-slightly tender if I press on the area with my fingers.

Do you guys have any ideas on this?

Best,
Tom
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replied May 23rd, 2007
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Welcome to .eheath!

Are you having any pain or difficulty urinating?
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replied May 23rd, 2007
No problems urinating. Also, urination is the normal yellow that it always is.

Pain is too strong of a word for what I'm feeling.
At first, it was just pressure.
Just now, I had to jog down the hall, and as my body bounced the area felt...tender. But not painful.
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replied May 23rd, 2007
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You may have a kidney infection. It can cause the area to be sore. Normally, antibiotics are all that is needed. You should call your doctor and tell them about it.
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replied May 31st, 2007
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Hi
Could be reflux. Before I was diagnosed with PUJ obstruction the Dr. would explain that the pain was from urine backing up in the kidney. It could be from a number of reasons though. Kidney stones, obstruction or infection even. Drink plenty of water but check with your physician if it persists. Hang in there. Let us know what happens. Good luck.
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replied November 13th, 2012
Lower back pain on the right side
Hey I need a quick answer as fast as possible!!! My girlfriend is lying in bed crying and shaking in pain. The pain is in her lower back on the right side where her kidney is. I need to know if I should alert her mother to go to the hospital or just help her through the night. Can someone help me?
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replied February 17th, 2015
What Happened?
I have been having this same issue since I had a vasectomy in 2013. I had the surgery and Developed post vasectomy pain and this was part of it. The pressure in my kidney area and sometimes in my abdominal area directly in front of kidney feels like an inflated balloon, very uncomfortable. It has gotten worse and all my blood tests, ultrasounds, MRI, and CT scans were negative. The pain sometimes goes away for a day or two but always returns whenever I drive in my car. Please Help! Docs don't seem to have a clue.
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replied April 4th, 2015
JNich74, I have a very similar discomfort. Not a pain but just a pressure/discomfort that is internal. Definitely more on right side and upper. Never lower in abdomen.
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