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Side pain

Also known as Flank pain

Abdominal pain (or stomach ache) is a common symptom associated with transient disorders or serious disease. Diagnosing the cause of abdominal pain can be difficult, because many diseases can cause this symptom. Most frequently the cause is benign and/or self-limiting, but more serious causes may require urgent intervention.

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

The most common causes of side pain are kidney stone, urinary tract infection, and pyelonephritis. Other possible causes, such as ovarian cyst, are more rare.

What symptoms are related?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with side pain, 43% report having back pain, 42% report having sharp abdominal pain, and 41% report having nausea.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with side pain often receive urinalysis, radiographic imaging procedure, hematologic tests, complete blood count, intravenous fluid replacement, x-ray computed tomography, kidney function tests and glucose measurement .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with side pain include ketorolac (toradol), meperidine / promethazine, pimozide (orap), tetrabenazine, methylprednisolone topical, methylnaltrexone (relistor), dihydrocodeine (didone), succimer, chlorambucil (leukeran), tromethamine, procainamide, anakinra (kineret) and acetaminophen / aspirin / caffeine / salicylamide .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for side pain include . On the other hand, age 1-4 years and age < 1 years almost never get side pain.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.0x
5-14 years
0.4x
15-29 years
1.4x
30-44 years
1.5x
45-59 years
1.3x
60-74 years
0.8x
75+ years
0.6x

Sex

Male
0.9x
Female
1.1x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.9x
Hispanic
0.8x
White
1.1x
Other
0.9x
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