Kidney pain is most often caused by kidney stones and kidney infection. While other ailments may create some kidney pain, it is the pain from kidney stones and infection/inflammation that gives the classic intense pain in the back and flank area.

Kidney pain can be so intense that you may not be able to move and even be brought down to your knees from the intensity of the pain. When the triage teams in the emergency room ask the incoming patients about their level of pain on a range of one to ten with ten being the highest amount of pain, invariably the answer is somewhere between eight and ten. To make the message clear to the admitting nurses and doctors people often say eleven or twenty or a thousand to stress their point about the extent of the pain that cycles through their body.

Kidney pain has several very important issues to deal with simultaneously, such as getting to the best health care facility in the shortest amount of time, removing the pain, assessing the urinary system to not only find the initial cause of the kidney pain, but to also assess any damage that may have been created to other organs.

Kidney pain can be located in the kidneys, and radiate through the back, sides, abdomen, and groin. Other signs such as hematuria (blood in urine) often appear with the pain since stones, infection, a kidney tumor, and cancer can cause bleeding.

Kidney pain may be felt when touching your back or the pain may leave for a while and then return. Your metabolic system can be affected by your pain increasing or decreasing your blood pressure and heart rate. Disorders and injury can both increase and decrease blood to your kidney.  
Serious damage may result according to what your kidney pain is caused by. Kidney infection brings pain and also disrupts the kidneys from filtering your blood efficiently, causing cloudy urine, microhematuria, and gross hematuria.

Kidney pain or kidney tenderness may also be a sign of renal cell carcinoma. When a renal mass has been proven to be cancer, our Columbia University Division of Urology, here at Mount Sinai Medical Center on Miami Beach have several modalities that will be available for your specific kidney cancer diagnosis. Some of our solutions include the classic nephrectomy, laparoscopic nephrectomy, partial nephrectomy, kidney cryotherapy also known as kidney cryosurgery, and even robotic nephrectomy. Whatever your kidney pain may be caused by, it will be diagnosed, corrected, and followed up by our Ivy League Miami urology team in an expeditious way.