Where Are Your Kidneys Located?

Where are your kidneys located? The kidneys are those bean-shaped organs located in the posterior wall, plastered against the muscles in your back. Essentially, the kidneys perform the role of a fuel pump filter in a car by filtering off waste products from your blood in order to produce urine.

Now that you know the answer to the question “where are your kidneys located”, it is also important to know exactly what symptoms and sign in the kidney location that may connote infection.

In this article, we will not only talk about where your kidneys are located, but also go as far as discussing the possible causes and treatment of kidney pain and much more. After all, health they say is wealth.

Kidney Location In Body

where are your kidneys locatedLet us talk about the kidney location in the body. As a qualified medical doctor, and based of my knowledge of the human anatomy, I am aware that the kidneys are located in the posterior abdominal wall. By the way, let me clarify that the human abdomen extends from beneath your sternum to just above your pelvis.

Your kidneys are located just below the rib cage, beneath your liver in the back of your abdomen.

For the purpose of deeper understanding, the abdomen can further be divided into the front and back walls—otherwise called the anterior and posterior abdominal walls respectively.

Sometimes, if you have an underlying kidney diseases which cause pain and inflammation, you may begin to experience low back or flank pain. Flank pain could be a symptom of a urinary tract or kidney infection as the case may be. While you experience flank pain during a Urinary Tract Infection, doctors will elicit renal angle tenderness.

Unlike other causes of back pain, kidney pain often will not get better as you move, or even if you massage the area.

Renal stones otherwise called nephrolithiasis is also another common cause of flank pain which is felt in the middle of the back. You should be careful with acute sharp pain in your middle back and it is an important symptom that should make you book an appointment with your doctor.

There are many causes of flank pain. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to reduce your discomfort. It is wise you see your doctor who will rule out serious causes due to the kidneys and other posterior abdominal organs and arrive at a suitable diagnosis.

Causes of Kidney Pain

Kidney pain is often felt at the level of the kidney location—that is, the flank. However, that is not to mean that kidney pain cannot be felt elsewhere in the body as a form of “referred pain”. In other words, you can experience kidney diseases causing pain in other locations of the body.

Let us discuss some of the causes of kidney pain, one by one.

Kidney Stones

Kidney stones usually cause sharp flank pain that may radiate to the groin area.  One of the commonest telltale signs that you have a kidney stone disease is a severe pain on the side and back of your abdomen. Mayo Clinic also suggests that the pain may spread to the lower abdominal area with associated symptoms such as fever, nausea, vomiting and dysuria (that is, pain when urinating).

Ladies may also experience pain in the vagina when urinating.

How do Kidney Stones Form?

Kidney stones form when calcium salts precipitate out and form tiny stone-like substances which may block the lumen of your kidney or the other components of the urinary tract. Pain resulting from kidney stone can be so excruciating.

Since the mineral stone formed in kidney stone disease can be mobile, a patient may experience on and off pain which can also radiate to the groin or lower abdomen.  Other symptoms of kidney stone a patient may experience include increased frequency of urination, passage of cloudy urine and severe pains during urination.

How to Treat Kidney Stones Naturally at Home

Research has shown that drinking apple cider vinegar can help to treat kidney stones naturally. Apple cider vinegar works by dissolving the mineral salts which build up in your kidneys. Drinking regularly a glass cup of water into which 2 teaspoonful of apple cider has been added has been added will in no small measure help to naturally treat kidney stones.

You should drink this regularly for the rest of the day in order to achieve the desired effect.

Apple cider contains loads of acid and coupled with the fact that you increase your fluid intake, you can be sure that you will be able to dissolve and flush out kidney stones from your system.

Urinary Tract Infection

urinary tractThe kidneys are a component of the urinary system which comprises both kidneys, the ureters, the bladder, and finally the urethra. As a result, infection can track down from the kidneys to other components of the urinary system and vice versa, causing Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).

Symptoms of a UTI include a dull pain on the side of your abdomen or lower down, discolured urine, pain during micturition, chills without fever.

How to Diagnose UTI

You will need to do a Urine Analysis test, otherwise called urinalysis, to confirm whether you have a urinary tract infection or not. According to WebMd, the presence of nitrite in a urinalysis is a strong indicator that you have a urinary tract infection caused by bacteria.

To prevent a UTI from causing a kidney infection, it is wise you treat early UTI syptoms.

How is urinalysis done?

Urinalysis is done by making use of a special strip, called Urine Strip, which has been impregnated with certain chemicals that can react with the constituents of a given urine specimen.

The urine strip contains chromogen—a special color indicator that changes based on the reaction of the impregnated chemical with the constituents in the urine.

Collect fresh urine in a test tube and immerse the urine strip, allowing the strip to be completely covered short of the tip where you hold the strip. Make sure you immerse the strip in the urine for about 1 minute, before removing it.

Afterwards, you read the color change against the urine strip container.

Pyelonephritis

Pyelonephritis is a form of kidney infection which may result from inflammation of the kidney. It may result from urinary tract infection, kidney stone, not emptying your bladder on time and other causes. Infections from lower organs in the urinary system can track up or ascend to infect the kidney and cause pyelonephritis.

Symptoms of pyelonephritis include loss of appetite, passage of bloody urine and low back pain. It is wise to see your doctor if you experience symptoms suggestive of kidney infection because if left untreated, pyelonephritis can result in life-threatening conditions.

In Conclusion…

Where are your kidneys located? The kidneys are those bean-shaped organs located in the posterior wall, plastered against the muscles in your back. Essentially, the kidneys perform the role of a fuel pump filter in a car by filtering off waste products from your blood in order to produce urine.

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