Back pain: Location and severity of lower back pain could indicate kidney disease

Due to the location of the kidneys, which is towards the back and underneath the ribcage, many people may be confused whether the pain they’re experiencing in that area is coming from the back or their kidneys.

Symptoms, location, and severity of the pain are some of the indications pointing to whether or not it’s simply a case of lower back pain or something more serious.

Important factors to note – when the kidneys are damaged waste products and fluid can build up in the body.

That can cause swelling in the ankles, nausea, weakness, poor sleep, and shortness of breath.

Without treatment, the damage can get worse and your kidneys may eventually stop working which could be life threatening.

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