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Postby Yeoman » Sun Apr 24, 2016 11:17 pm

Hi Doctor,

First off, thanks for taking the time to read and answer my question. I really appreciate it. I want to make sure that what I'm dealing with is muscular and not a kidney problem.

For the last week, I'm having some back/side pain that is keeping me awake at night. When I lay down at night on my right side, after about 30 minutes I get pain in my right side/back that radiates from the mid to lower back and side. As soon as I stand up, the pain almost goes away. It doesn't seem to be getting much better. When I lay on my left side, it doesn't happen as much but it still hurts a little on my right side/back. I'm wondering if it's a muscle thing that is exacerbated by me lying on the muscle or could it be something else? I just want to make sure that it's muscular and not a kidney or something. I have no fever and I am urinating just fine. Also, would kidney pain stop when you stand up?

I thought that I would add in that I have gained about 20 pounds in the last 6 months(eating and being lazy!) and I was wondering if that stomach weight could be hurting my back?

I sure do appreciate your taking the time to answer me!

Take care,

Ray

P.S. I volunteer on AllExperts as well, in the Buying or Selling a home and Mortgage sections.
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Back Pain

Postby paschal » Mon Apr 25, 2016 4:50 am

Hi Doctor,

First off, thanks for taking the time to read and answer my question. I really appreciate it. I want to make sure that what I'm dealing with is muscular and not a kidney problem.

For the last week, I'm having some back/side pain that is keeping me awake at night. When I lay down at night on my right side, after about 30 minutes I get pain in my right side/back that radiates from the mid to lower back and side. As soon as I stand up, the pain almost goes away. It doesn't seem to be getting much better. When I lay on my left side, it doesn't happen as much but it still hurts a little on my right side/back. I'm wondering if it's a muscle thing that is exacerbated by me lying on the muscle or could it be something else? I just want to make sure that it's muscular and not a kidney or something. I have no fever and I am urinating just fine. Also, would kidney pain stop when you stand up?

I thought that I would add in that I have gained about 20 pounds in the last 6 months(eating and being lazy!) and I was wondering if that stomach weight could be hurting my back?

I sure do appreciate your taking the time to answer me!

Take care,

Ray

P.S. I volunteer on AllExperts as well, in the Buying or Selling a home and Mortgage sections.
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Back Pain

Postby Christy » Mon Apr 25, 2016 6:36 am

Ray, what you are describing does not sound like kidney pain.  Although kidney pain is unilateral, it typically is located in the flank(not the lower back or buttocks) and radiates forward into the abdomen and then toward the groin area.  In addition, kidney pain is usually not influenced by position of the body.  The type of pain you describe is generally orthopedic in nature and related to the structure of  your back(ie bones, ligaments, muscles, vertebrae, discs, etc.).  However, pain is often atypical and it can be very difficult(and dangerous) to make diagnoses based on history alone.  My advise is that you start by having a consultation with your family physician.  If he/she cannot help you, they would have a better feel for what type of specialist to send you to.  Good luck.
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