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Difference between Back Pain and Kidney Pain




  • Main Difference

    The main difference between back pain and kidney pain is that back pain occurs in the buttocks or lowers back while kidney pain normally occurs in the flanks ( the area between ribs and hips) and can be experienced in the upper abdomen as well.

    Comparison Chart

    Basis of Distinction Back Pain Kidney Pain
    Definition Pain that is experienced by the patient in the buttocks or lower body areas. Pain that can be experienced in kidney because of kidney stones or kidney infection.
    Consistency No. Can change time to time Yes. Remain constant all the time
    Causes Sciatica, fracture of pedicle, disc bulge, spinal stenosis, paravertebral muscle spasms, backbone fractures, disc herniation, osteoporosis, and metastatic vertebral cancer Kidney infection, kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, renal infarction and kidney cancer
    Types Neck pain, lower back pain, upper back pain Kidney stone pain and kidney infection pain
    Triggers A long time standing, moving, sitting/standing in one posture, etc. Excessive intake of fluids
    Treatment Massage therapy, physical therapy, cold compression therapy, heat therapy, electrotherapy and other relieving medications. Medications and in some cases operations

    Back Pain

    Back pain is a type of pain that is experienced by the patient in the buttocks or lower body areas. It can be spread to the back of the thigh, foot, and even toes as well. In rare cases, spinal cord, spine, spinal nerves and back muscles also become the victim of back pain. The common characteristic of back pain is that it doesn’t remain constant and tends to change with the time and also with the change of the body position as well. Its intensity can be increased or decreased suddenly. Back pain has three types; neck pain, lower back pain, and upper back pain. Sometimes it is categorized as acute back pain as well. It has more number of causes as compared to kidney pain. Sciatica, fracture of the pedicle, disc bulge, spinal stenosis and paravertebral muscle spasms are common causes of back pain. It happens because of adopting wrong body position. Common triggers of back pain are a long time standing, moving, sitting/standing in one posture, etc. Sometime it takes the time to get fully resolved. However, resolving back pain is quite easy as compared to kidney pain. Common treatment methods of back pain are diagnosing with X-Ray, MRI scanning, massage therapy, physical therapy, cold compression therapy, heat therapy, electrotherapy and other relieving medications.

    Kidney Pain

    Kidney pain is a type of pain that can be experienced in kidney because of kidney stones or kidney infection. All type of kidney pains results in nausea, vomiting, fever or other illness issues. Two types of kidney pain; kidney stones and kidney infection, are considered to be the cause of kidney pain. An old kidney pain can result in bleeding inside or kidney cancer as well. Unlike back pain that happens because of physical issues, kidney pain is associated with excessive intake of any food item or fluids. Kidney pain results in constant pain all the time until it gets resolved, but back pain doesn’t remain constant. Kidneys are the major areas that are affected badly because of kidney pain; however, pain can spread to inner thigh and lower abdomen. It can be resolved through medication and in rare cases involves small to major surgery as well. Those who are experiencing the symptoms like constant and dull pain on the back side, or continuous fever, body aches, or feeling fatigue, must consult with a doctor immediately. Kidney pain is a more serious issue as compared to the back pain as it can lead to inner bleeding and kidney cancer as well.

    Key Differences

    • Kidney pain results in constant pain all the time until it gets resolved, but back pain doesn’t remain constant. Effect of back pain can increase or decrease any time.
    • Back pain has three types; neck pain, lower back pain, and upper back pain. Sometimes it is categorized as acute back pain as well. Kidney pain, on the other hand, has two types; kidney stones pain and kidney infection pain.
    • Back pain has more number of causes as compared to kidney pain. Sciatica, fracture of the pedicle, disc bulge, spinal stenosis and paravertebral muscle spasms are common causes of back pain. Kidney infection, kidney stones, and kidney cancer are common causes of kidney pain.
    • Back pain happens because of wrong physical positions while kidney pain occurs eating or drinking hazard thing. Common triggers of back pain are a long time standing, moving, sitting/standing in one posture, etc. Kidney pain is experienced because of excessive intake of fluids.
    • Back pain is not restricted to selected areas only. It can easily spread to the back of thigh, calf, foot, toes and even in both foot Kidney pain on another hand can spread to inner thigh and lower abdomen.
    • Back pain is treated via massage therapy, physical therapy, cold compression therapy, heat therapy, electrotherapy and other relieving medications. Kidney pain treatment involves medications and in some cases operations.
    • The kidney can result in fevers and high temperatures. Back pain has no such effects at all.
    • ICD-9 of back pain is 724.5 and kidney pain has no code except for kidney stones that are0.
    • ICD-10 of back pain is M54, and kidney pain has no such code except kidney stones that is N20.0.
    • The diseasedb point of back pain is 15544 while kidney pain has no such points except kidney stones that have 11346.
    • MeSH of back pain is D001416 while kidney pain has no such numbering except kidney stones that have value D007669.

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