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Flank pain refers to a one-sided pain in the upper abdomen or back and sides

Flank pain

Flank pain refers to a one-sided pain in the upper abdomen or back and sides.

Constant flank pain can be just due to dehydration or sometimes due to a kidney problem. [1]

- Treatable by a medical professional
- Medical diagnosis is required
- Lab tests or imaging required

Symptoms

Flank pain can be either achy and dull or sharp and cramp-like.
Symptoms of a condition related to the kidney can be:
- A Fever
- Nausea
- Vomiting
- A rash
- Constipation or difficulty in bowel movements
- Blood in the urine
- Urination accompanied with pain
- Diarrhea
- Dizziness

Symptoms suggesting a dehydration
- No sweat
- Dizziness
- Severe thirst
- Fever
- Dry mouth
- Constipation
- Headaches
- Fast pulses
- Dark colored urine
- A little amount of urination

Treatment

Self-care:
Take enough rest. If the flank pain is a minor one, it resolves quickly through physical therapy and rest. Other times, flank pain can be due to some other conditions. If it is due to inflammation, it can be because of some infection or arthritis. In such a case, doctors might suggest you suitable treatment like intravenous antibiotic fluids and physical therapies

Medications:
To control fever, medications are taken. NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are used for kidney-related conditions.

Specialists:
Consult your physician for the diagnosis. don’t neglect a severe flank pain that interferes with your daily routine. At mfine, we opt for an interdisciplinary approach and suggest appropriate treatments.

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