The kidneys are fundamental organs in the process of both detoxification and purification of our body, mainly for something very simple: they are responsible for the elimination of those toxins and rights that our body does not need, through urine. In fact, they become one of the main filters of our blood, retaining what our body can use, and eliminating what is not necessary.
We can also mention other very important functions of the kidneys, such as a very prominent one: they are responsible for regulating not only blood pressure, but also the proper hydro-saline balance of our body. While, on the other hand, they stimulate the production of red blood cells.
When a person talks about kidney pain, he refers fundamentally to the presence of pain or discomfort located in the side. However, it is important to keep in mind that although the side hurts, it can actually be a discomfort not caused by the kidneys, since we find many other organs in that area.
Symptoms of kidney pain
Basically, the person who complains of pain in the kidneys refers to feeling discomfort or pain in one of the two sides. This pain tends to be constant, especially if infection has occurred. And in case of the presence of stones or stones, the pain tends to be very intense, deep and stabbing. It is common for kidney pain to be concentrated on one side, and then progressively move towards the center.
On the other hand, when kidney pain occurs, it is usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting and fever.
It can also be confused with the pain caused by lumbago.
Causes of kidney pain
There are several causes that can cause the appearance of kidney pain:
- Kidney cysts.
- Kidney stones (kidney stones), known medically as nephrolithiasis.
- Nephritis: inflammation of the kidney.
- Pyelonephritis: inflammation of the kidney and its pelvis.
- Tuberculosis nephritis (or renal tuberculosis).
- Kidney cancer.
These causes include the presence of genetic problems, the consumption of certain medications or damage to the kidneys.
An example is diabetes or the presence of high blood pressure, since they are two problems that increase the risk of kidney disease. On the other hand, it is known that having a close relative with kidney problems can influence a person to also suffer from them.
Kidney pain treatment
After a correct diagnosis by the medical specialist (we must always avoid self-diagnosis), he or she will prescribe the best treatment depending on the cause of the kidney pain.
If it is a pain caused by kidney stones, the application of warm compresses on the back is traditionally recommended, while analgesics are recommended as pharmacological treatment. In more serious cases, extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy is performed, which fragments the stone from outside the body with the help of an ultrasound.
From a natural point of view, it is advisable to follow a diet based on raw foods, especially recommended for the care of the kidneys. Asparagus, celery, cucumbers and green vegetables in general stand out, as well as garlic, potatoes, legumes, seeds, watermelon, papaya and sprouts.
It is also recommended to cleanse the kidneys at least once a year.