Kidney Back Pain

Written by Norene Anderson
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One of the most common forms of kidney back pain is a result of kidney stones. This pain is like no other. The closest it has been identified with is labor pains. There is severe abdominal pain usually accompanied with nausea and vomiting. The pain is frequently sharp and can be on the back or the sides.

The components of kidney stones are calcium, cysteine, or uric acid. Diet plays a vital part in the formation of the stones. Vegetarians have a lower rate of reported attacks than non-vegetarians. For some individuals, it is necessary to limit the amount of calcium intake. This must be balanced with the need for calcium as a component necessary for strong bones.

Risk factors include a family history of kidney stones. There is strong indication that genetics plays a role in the likelihood of developing this condition. Additional factors that increase the probability of developing stones include obesity and frequent kidney infections. Only your healthcare provider can accurately diagnose your symptoms and determine the best method of treatment.

Help for Kidney Back Pain

Many herbs are used to help reduce and remove kidney stones. These include goldenrod, cramp bark, and joe-pye weed. In fact, several species of goldenrod are used to get rid of the stones. Horsetail, St. John's wort, nettles, and horsetail are recommended for use in reducing the bleeding caused by the stones as they pass through the urinary tract.

The most popular natural remedy in North America is cranberry juice. It is thought that cranberries reduce excessive calcium and help restore the proper acid/alkaline balance in the urine. Experts also recommend avoiding foods rich in oxalic acid such as beet greens, chocolate, rhubarb, and spinach.


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