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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

What Does Flank Pain Mean

2014-08-28 01:35

What Does Flank Pain MeanA person with flank pain has discomfort on one side of the back, below the ribcage and above the pelvis. It is so common in our daily life that many people ignore it. They may think it is caused by tiredness or overwork. However, flank pain is sometimes associated with certain kind of disease.

Possible causes of flank pain

1. Kidney stones

Kidney stone are solid masses of crystalized calcium or other substances that originate in the kidneys but can pass through the urinary tract. When the kidney stone passes through the ureter, it will cause painful feeling in your flank. The greatest risk factor is making less than one liter of urine per day.

2. Pyelonephritis

Pyelonephritis is a sudden and severe kidney infection. This condition causes the kidneys swell, so you will feel flank pain under the pressure from compression of the swollen kidneys. Pyelonephritis can permanently damage the kidneys, and can even be life threatening. It is important to recognize the symptoms.

3. Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

Polycystic Kidney Disease is characterized by a cluster of fluid-filled sacs. The cyst is progressive and when it grows more than 3cm, it will compress the nearby tissues, thus causing flank pain.

4. Hypercalcemia

Hypercalcemia is a condition in which you have too much calcium level in your blood. Serious cases could cause symptoms like abdominal pain, nausea, constipation and weakness.

Besides, obstructive uropathy and bladder infection are also may cause flank pain. You can send your test report to, and our doctor will give you some suggestions.

How does the doctor treat flank pain?

Treatment for flank pain depends on underlying cause. Treatment may include hydration, pain medications, and antibiotics. These treatments indeed can relieve the painful feeling, but it only works for a short term instead of solving the underlying problem.

Therefore, I recommend you take Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which are more natural and effective than over-the-counter drugs. If you want to this alternative, you can leave a message below or contact our doctor online directly.

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