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Your Pain in Both Sides May Also be Known as:
Aches and pains in my both flanks
Both flanks ache
Both flanks discomfort
Both flanks hurts
Both flanks pain
Both flanks soreness
Painful both flanks
Sore both flanks

Top 3 Pain in Both Sides Causes

  1. 1.Chronic Low Back Pain of No Specific Origin

    A precise anatomical cause for low back pain can only be identified in 20 percent of cases. The rest of the time, the specific cause of the pain is unknown, and is likely due to strain on the bones and muscles of the back from heavy lifting, prolong sitting, or bad posture. Chronic low back pain is characteristic of back pain lasting longer than 12 weeks.

    For most people, back pain goes away within a few weeks. Because your back pain is lasting longer, you should make an appointment with a physician. You might find it harder to recover and might need additional treatment such as a program of back exercises. If the pain is not too severe, you can safely manage the pain at home with over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen (Advil) and acetominophen (Tylenol). It is also recommended to stay active and carry on with the things you usually do as much as possible, to help you recover faster. Sitting or lying still for long periods can actually make the pain worse. Your joints may become stiff which will make it harder and more painful to move your back.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, unintentional weight loss, fever, back pain that shoots to the butt, involuntary defecation
    Symptoms that always occur with chronic low back pain of no specific origin:
    lower back pain
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic low back pain of no specific origin:
    thigh numbness, buttocks numbness, lower back pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Lower Back Arthritis

    Osteoarthritis, most often simply called arthritis, is a disease of cartilage. In joints, where bones touch and move against one another, cartilage helps provide lubrication for smooth movement, and acts as a shock absorber. Cartilage is also present in between vertebrae, which are the bones comprising the spine. Osteoarthritis of the spine, also known as degenerative joint disease, happens when the cartilage between vertebrae dries out and shrinks. The vertebrae are thus not as able to move smoothly against one another. The ability to walk and perform normal daily activities can be impaired due to inflammation and pain in the lower back.

    You schedule an appointment with your primary care physician (PCP), who will coordinate your care with a specialist, a physical therapist, or both. Degenerative joint disease in the spine is commonly treated with general analgesics (pain killers) such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), or stronger narcotic pain killers such hydrocodone (Vicodin) or oxycodone (Percocet) in more serious cases. Corticosteroid injections into the joints are also commonly performed, and are a very effective treatment for pain.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, spontaneous back pain, back pain that gets worse when straightening it, back pain from overuse, lower back injury
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Kidney Stone

    A kidney stone is a solid piece of material that forms in the kidney from substances in the urine. Most kidney stones pass out of the body without help from a doctor. But sometimes a stone will not go away. It may get stuck in the urinary tract, block the flow of urine and cause great pain.

    Kidney stones can be painful, so go to the nearest urgent care center or emergency room. The course of treatment depends on the size of the stone. Small stones can pass out of the body without any treatment, which can take two days to four weeks. You can help this process by drinking plenty of water to increase the flow of urine. Strong painkillers can also help with the pain. If a stone is stuck in a tube (ureter), your doctor might recommend a medication called an alpha-blocker, which can help make the tube bigger and thus help the stone to pass.Larger stones might not pass on their own, and thus surgery or shock wave therapy might be used. Shock wave therapy uses shock waves to break up stones into small pieces that can pass out of the body.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, abdominal pain that comes and goes, diarrhea, pelvis pain, vomiting
    Symptoms that always occur with kidney stone:
    hidden: abdomen or flank pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in Both Sides

  • Q.How long has your side been hurting?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.Have you noticed any changes in the color of your urine recently?

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Pain in Both Sides Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in both sides have also experienced:

    • 12% Dizziness
    • 12% Ear Fullness / Pressure
    • 12% Metallic / Garlic Taste in the Mouth
  • People who have experienced pain in both sides had symptoms persist for:

    • 43% Less Than a Day
    • 28% Less Than a Week
    • 14% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced pain in both sides were most often matched with:

    • 25% Kidney Stone
    • 12% Chronic Low Back Pain of No Specific Origin
    • 12% Lower Back Arthritis

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