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Flank Pain, Ambulatory Care

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.

Seek immediate care for the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Fluttering or jumping heart
  • Blood in your urine
  • Pain that radiates into your lower abdomen and genital area
  • Severe pain in your low back next to your spine
  • Fatigue and no desire to eat
  • A headache and muscle spasms

Treatment for flank pain

may include medicine to decrease pain or treat a bacterial infection.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

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

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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