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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.

Signs & Symptoms of Kidney Failure

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Kidneys located in lower back

Kidney failure occurs in people with kidney disease. The kidneys main purpose is to filter wastes and excess fluids from the body and then eliminated from the body in your urine. This natural process of the body progressively becomes disrupted and when kidney failure occurs, dangerous levels of fluid, electrolytes and wastes can accumulate in your body.

The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs located in the lower back on either side of the spin as indicated in the illustration.

Early Signs of Kidney Disease

Often kidney disease starts out slowly and may not have dramatic  signs and symptoms. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is often an issue for years before damage starts to take a serious toll on the body. Signs and symptoms to be on the look out for include:

  •  – Changes in Urination
  •  – Swelling in Legs, ankles, feet and hands
  •  – Tiredness, fatigue
  •  – Leg Pain
  •  – Breathing Difficulty
  •  – Metallic Taste in Mouth
  •  – Skin Irritations
  •  – Cold feet, hands, ears and chills
  •  – Nausea
  •  – Dizziness or light headedness


Who is at Risk?

Millions of people are unaware that they are suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD). In most cases it is caused by uncontrolled hypertension or diabetes, and is often fails to show noticeable symptoms until its later stages. Many people just get used to, or ignore how they are feeling, when the signs listed above are occurring in their body.

The number of people with CKD has been on the rise at a significant pace in the last decade due to the aging population and the the increase of obesity in adults and children.

A report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association  found 13 percent of American adults, approximately 26 million people, have CKD disease. This is up 10 percent, or about 20 million people, from just a decade ago.

What Can You Do to Avoid CKD Disease?

Just about every week you can see a program or segment on on TV or radio featuring health matters. There has been a big push to increase the awareness about the dangers associated with being over weight, smoking and lack of exercise. While it’s not easy to make lifestyle changes early, the alternative is potentially putting your body at risk for getting CKD and having to under go dialysis and even death.

Dr. Kemdi Ihenacho is a kidney and hypertension specialist (nephrologist) who treats  many patients for these diseases. His office is in Stone Mountain at Vistas Medical Center.


Time to Get Your Flu Shot!

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Get Your Flu Shot!

It’s that time again, time to get your flu shot. It won’t be long until the the flu viruses will be circulating through the air, in offices, shopping places, restaurants, everywhere groups of people go. In the United Sates the flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May. Every year the flu is different and can affect people differently. It’s hard to escape but you can take precaution by getting this year’s flu vaccination. This year the vaccination is available in both the flu shot or nasal spray and is available at Vistas Medical Center in Stone Mountain.

Who’s Most at Risk?

According to the Centers for Disease Control about 90% of deaths caused from flu conditions occur in people 65 or older. Therefore, it’s very important that the elderly take heed and get a flu vaccination. However, the rest of the population should get treated as well. #1 reason – you don’t want to be sick in bed with the flu! #2 reason, the more people who get vaccinated against the flu, the less flu can spread through the community. Everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine this season.

Where Can You Get a Flu Vaccine?

Vistas Medical Center in Stone Mountain is ready to treat patients with the flu shot or nasal spray. You don’t have to make an appointment, just walk in and we will take care of you right away. It’s best to get treated during the month of November. So don’t put it off. Anyone living in Stone Mountain, Tucker, Clarkston, Snellville, Loganville, Redan, Belvedere, North Druid Hills, Decatur, and Atlanta is just a short distance away from Vistas Medical Center.