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Forum Name: Miscellaneous Nephrology Topics

Question: KIDNEY PAIN


 JO7294 - Mon Mar 12, 2007 1:52 pm

I HAVE BEEN HAVING SPORADIC RIGHT KIDNEY PAIN. A VERY UNCOMFORTABLE DEEP ACHE, AND HAVE NOTICED IF I TAKE IBUPROFEN (FOR A HEADACHE) APPX 7-8 HOURS LATER SYMPTOMS INCREASE SIGNIFICANTLY...TO THE POINT I KEEP ROCKING IN MY CHAIR TO TRY TO ALLEVIATE THE DISCOMFORT. NOT A SHARP PAIN JUST VERY DEEP ACHE.

I DO NOT TAKE OFTEN NOW BUT I USED TO (ABOUT A YEAR AGO) DUE TO SOME DENTAL PROBLEMS, I TOOK OFTEN UNTIL STARTED HAVING SEVERE STOMACHE PAINS.

NOT SURE IF I NEED TO HAVE THIS CHECKED INTO..STOP TAKING ADVIL...OR IT IS JUST A COINCIDENCE...

PLEASE ADVISE :)
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Mon Mar 12, 2007 9:23 pm

User avatar The ibuprofen may be related in a few ways. First, ibuprofen can alter blood flow to the kidney changing its filtering abilities. This is especially true if you are dehydrated. While this may cause acute renal failure, it generally does not produce pain.

Also, ibuprofen has been reported to cause acute interstitial nephritis. This is essentially a type of allergic reaction to the ibuprofen that leads to a build up of eosinophils in the kidneys. This can cause some pain as well as renal failure.

There are other possible causes of your pain as well. Connecting the ibuprofen is likely to be one of the two causes above.

I would recommend that you be evaluated by your doctor if your pain persists. Also, I would recommend not using the ibuprofen until your pain improves.

Hope this helps.

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