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Is my lower back pain from a strained muscle or kidney stones?

Back Pain From Activity

Stone Mountain back pain

Strained muscles can be painful.


Back problems are quite common. Next to headaches, backaches are the most common complaint that health professionals receive. The reason is simple. Your back is responsible for carrying most of the body’s weight through most all activities such as walking, running, lifting and bending.

Anytime your body experiences pain and interrupts your daily activates it can be discerning. The cause of lower back pain can often be attributed to lifting an object in the wrong way, doing a new exercise, or just lifting your body out of bed in a strange position. Usually ibuprofen, a hot bath, heating pad, and slowing down on down on activity for a while can relieve the pain and eventually the pain will subside after a period of time.

Kidney stone pain is excruciating, and has often been described as worse than labor pains. You may experience a fever, and can also cause nausea and vomiting. Urinating is severely painful and you may see blood in your urine.

Kidney Stone Pain Stone Mountain

Kidney stone pain can be excruciating.

Kidney stones are formed when dietary minerals crystallize (or harden) into a solid mass. These hard masses can form in either the the kidney or the ureter (the passageway from the kidney to the bladder). If you have a kidney stone, you soon will recognize that the pain is not from a muscle strain or pull.

Early symptoms might include having the urge to urinate often which is then accompanied by pain. The pain may be felt in your side and back, just below the ribs where the kidneys are located. The pain may be felt in you lower abdomen and groin area in fluctuating waves of throbbing pain and tenderness.

If you have kidney stones you may find it hard to sit and will find standing is not comfortable but better than sitting. Often people will pace trying to find some relief. Unfortunately, if kidney stones are left untreated that usually will result in a urinary tract infection. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is recommended that you see a doctor immediately.

Another sign of kidney stones can be discolored urine accompanied by a foul odor due to hard chemical in the urine that stay in the body and crystallize to make up the actual stone.