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Q. What causes kidney pain?

Answered by
Dr. Tamer Mohammed Abou Youssif
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 14, 2016 and last reviewed on: May 27, 2020

Hi doctor,

I have just started fasting from yesterday morning and last night I was having slight kidney pain. Then I awoke in the middle of the night with some kidney pain and a swollen kidney feeling and urinated with difficulty like having to really push it out. Similarly, last year my kidney got worse when I was fasting. When I was under 1 year of age, I had an operation on my kidney and have a large scar in front of the bladder or abdomen area. It was a blocked urethra, which caused whatever fluid back to the kidney causing damage. They said that my kidney would have to get removed at one stage in my life and 21 was the oldest patient in the past that lasted before removal. I am now 30. My height is 183 cm and weight is 85 kg. I wanted to know if it would be advisable for me to stop fasting and if so would that be for the rest of my life?

Dr. Tamer Mohammed Abou Youssif

Andrology Infertility Urology


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  • At least, now you have to stop fasting until you perform investigations such as urinalysis, kidney function test, uric acid and imaging of the urinary tract by CTU (CT urography).

The Probable causes:

Kidney stone.

Investigations to be done:

Urinalysis, urea and creatinine, uric acid and non-contract CT abdomen and pelvis.

Differential diagnosis:


Regarding follow up:

Revert back with the investigation report to urologist online.--->

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