It can be tough to tell the difference between a muscle strain in the back and the pain that is caused by a kidney infection. This article will help you determine if its back pain or kidney pain affecting you.
Pain from a kidney infection is located on the lower back on either side of the spine above the hips. When it’s a kidney infection then there will be tenderness in the lower back on either side of the spine.
If there is physical trauma to the lower back where the kidneys are located it can cause kidney pain as well as lower back pain making it difficult to distinguish between the two.
Length of Kidney Infection Pain vs. Back Pain
If you are experiencing kidney infection pain than it will originate from the kidney organs and present like back pain. The pain associated with the infection will last as long as the infection lasts. Back pain however often takes longer than kidney pain to get resolved.
Lower Back Pain – Pressure Test
Lower back pain generally does not worsen if the area around the kidneys is gently pushed, however if it is kidney pain than the pain will increase.
Symptoms of a Kidney Infection not Associated With A Lower Back Injury
- Pain with urination
- Blood in urine
- Skin Rash
- Shortness of breath
Symptoms of a Back Injury not associate with a Kidney Infection
- Sudden onset after a particular incident
- Stretching can significantly increase pain
- Pain is not a steady ache but acute due to certain movements
It can be difficult to diagnose kidney or back pain. This article is intended to help you determine if it is your back or kidney that is hurting you. There are other articles on this site that may help you determine where the pain is coming from.