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Renal Colic

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is renal colic?

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

What causes renal colic?

Renal colic is caused by a blockage in your urinary tract. The urinary tract includes your kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Ureters carry urine from your kidneys to your bladder. The urethra carries urine to the outside when you urinate. The most common cause of a blockage in the urinary tract is a kidney stone. Blood clots, ureter spasms, and dead tissue may also block your urinary tract.

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