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Flank Pain

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

Flank pain is felt in the area below your ribcage and above your hip bones, often in the lower back. Your pain may be dull or so severe that you cannot get comfortable. The pain may stay in one area or radiate to another area. It may worsen and lighten in waves. Flank pain is often a sign of problems with your urinary tract, such as a kidney stone or infection.


Return to the emergency department if:

Contact your healthcare provider if:


The following medicines may be ordered for you:

Follow up with your healthcare provider in 1 to 2 days or as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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