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Renal Colic

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.


Renal colic

is severe pain in your lower back or sides. The pain is usually on one side, but may be on both sides of your lower back. Renal colic may start quickly, come and go, and become worse over time.

Female Urinary System

Other signs and symptoms that may occur with renal colic:

Seek care immediately if:

Call your doctor if:


may include any of the following:

Manage your symptoms:

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

You may need to return for tests to check if your blockage has cleared. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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