Right flank pain
The flank is the area of our body located between the hip and the last lower rib. The skin located on the flank can be a fairly tender region. When a person is experiencing pain in this area along with other symptoms, like frequent urination and fever, it would be in their best interest to be seen by a physician. A physician can recommend such tests like CT-scan, X-rays, and an ultrasound to find the underlying cause. When flank pain is caused by a more serious medical ailment, there are other symptoms that will occur as well. In cases where a person has a urinary tract infection, the pain felt can be described as burning as well as throbbing pain.
In order to create a plan of treatment that is suitable for the patient, a cause needs to be determined first. The cause of flank pain is found by observing the clues of the symptoms and then conducting the appropriate medical tests. Some individuals may choose to treat their pain with over the counter medications. While this may be sufficient for some, it is a must for others to consult their doctor, in order to deal with the pain. Some of the major causes that can bring on flank pain are found below.
Polycystic Kidney Disease – This is a condition where noncarcinogenic (not cancer causing) sacs of cysts grow in the kidney which can lead to severe flank pain. This is a condition one must pay attention to, due to the complications linked to this illness. Two of the most potentially damaging complications of polycystic kidney disease are kidney failure and high blood pressure.
General Back Issues – There are some activities which require intense physical effort and can lead to a strained flank area that causes pain. A stretching sensation between the abdominal region and the back can be felt, in cases where an individual has been diagnose with acute back pain issues.
Gastrointestinal Issues – Experiencing severe flank pain can be a contributing factor or a direct symptom of a gastrointestinal disorder. Some of the more major perpetrators that can affect the flank are peptic ulcers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), food poisoning, and gastroenteritis.
Gynecological Problems – During pregnancy an individual may experience pain in the right flank which may indicate an ectopic pregnancy. This is a condition that is easily diagnosed through the use of a pelvic ultrasound and tends to be a common cause of flank pain occurrences in women. Another condition known as endometriosis is also known to cause flank pain. Endometriosis is when certain tissue that is akin to the uterus lining is discovered in the pelvic cavity.
Radiculitis – When one experiences an injury to the thoracic nerve located in the lumbar region, it can lead to a condition called radiculitis — that directly affects the flank area. The pain one experiences from such an injury is quite severe. The pain worsens when the intercostals muscles (muscles located between the ribs) are involved.
Herpes Zoster Infection – A mild burning feeling in the flank region can be due to the Herpes Zoster virus. When the skin develops blisters it can lead to pain being felt in the lumbar region. One of the main characteristics of this condition are the cyst-like lesions that develop from this ailment.
Pyelonephritis – Pyelonephritis is an infection of the urinary tract which affects one’s kidneys. The kidneys become inflamed as a result of this ailment. Aside from kidney inflammation, some of the symptoms which distinguish Pyelonephritis are fever, tenderness and pain in the lumbar region, palpitations, a burning sensation during urination, and lightheadedness.
Infections – Urinary tract infections are known to cause pain in the flank; germs are the usual cause of this type of infection. What occurs in this situation is that germs will create an infection. The infection moves from the intestines and into the bladder via the urethra, thereby causing a bladder infection. While a urinary tract infection is treatable, one will still experience pain until the condition has completely cleared up.