The kidneys are essential to the human body because they remove excess fluid and waste from the body. They also help regulate the balance of minerals in the body, particularly sodium and potassium, help maintain normal blood pressure. Located against the back muscles on both the left and right side of the body, towards the upper abdomen, it can be hard to differentiate between back pain and kidney pain. Pain caused by the kidneys is usually deeper and higher on the back and can result from various infections and conditions. Medical treatment is often required.
Symptoms of kidney pain include fever, pain during urination, nausea, and vomiting. Because the body has a kidney on either side of the torso, pain may develop on one or both sides of the body. When kidney pain has a serious cause, symptoms can include fever, body aches, and blood in the urine. If any of these symptoms develop in a woman who is pregnant, she should call her doctor immediately.
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