Nettle tea is often used to treat kidney pain.
Nettle tea contains anthraquinones, a type of phytochemical.
Some studies suggest that anthraquinones may work by reducing inflammation.
A 2019 review noted that there’s limited evidence to support the use of anthraquinones as a treatment for kidney pain.
However, there are many more studies needed to fully understand how and when these compounds work.
Nettle tea and other herbs as treatments for kidney pain
Some other herbs and teas that may help treat kidney pain are:
- Red raspberry leaf
- Red clover
- Slippery elm
Other ways to reduce kidney pain
Some people also try other methods to reduce kidney pain.
- Drinking plenty of fluids.
- Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
- Taking prescription pain medication, such as morphine.
- Taking a warm bath.
- Taking a warm compress.
- Taking a heating pad.
- Taking deep pressure on the area.
- Taking a heating pad for a few minutes while lying down or sitting.
Other lifestyle changes
Other lifestyle changes that may help with kidney pain include:
- Not smoking.
- Quitting alcohol.
- Not drinking too much.
- Not eating too much processed sugar.
- Not eating too much refined white flour.
When to see a?
It’s important to see a doctor if you have kidney pain.
You should also talk to your doctor if your pain is severe or isn’t responding to other treatments.
You should also see a doctor if you have other symptoms, such as:
- Blood in your urine
- Blood in your stool
- Pain when urinating
- Loss of appetite
- Chest pain
There are many ways to treat kidney pain. Talk to your doctor about what might be working for you.
When to see a doctor?
You should see a doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Kidney failure.
- Severe pain.
- Blood in your stool.
- Blood in your urine.
- Fever or chills.
- Urinary tract infection.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Loss of appetite.
- Weight loss.
- Decreased urination.
- Numbness in your hands or feet.
- Skin rash.
- Chest pain.
- Chest tightness.
- Shortness of breath.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Muscle cramps.
- Muscle stiffness.
If you have any symptoms of kidney failure, make an appointment to see your doctor right away.
You should also see a doctor if your pain isn’t going away.
What to expect from your doctor?
Your doctor will ask you about your symptoms and medical history. They may also ask about any medications you’re taking.
The doctor will do a physical exam. They may order tests, such as:
- Urinalysis. A sample of your urine is tested to check for signs of infection or kidney damage.
- Blood tests. These tests can check to see how well your kidneys are working.
- Imaging tests. These tests can show damage to your kidneys.
Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may recommend one of the following treatments:
- Pain medication. These may include NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
- Dialysis. Dialysis is a process that removes extra fluid from your blood. This process is done in a hospital or dialysis center.
Medications to reduce inflammation
Your doctor may prescribe medications to reduce inflammation. These include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These medications can help reduce kidney inflammation. A common NSAID is ibuprofen.
- Corticosteroids. These reduce inflammation by suppressing the immune system.
Medications to reduce pain
Your doctor may prescribe pain medication. These include:
- Naproxen (Aleve) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil).
- Oral pain medications.
- Diclofenac (Voltaren).
- Oral or injectable opioids.
Talk with your doctor
Medications are available to help with kidney pain. Your doctor will work with you to find the best treatment.
Your doctor may also recommend physical therapy, massage, or other complementary treatments.
If you have kidney pain, be sure to tell your doctor if you smoke or drink alcohol. These can cause kidney damage.
Your doctor can help you find the treatment that works best for you.
Outcome and recovery
If you have kidney pain, talk to your doctor about what might be causing it. They’ll help you find the best treatment plan to help heal your kidney pain.
You can reduce kidney pain by doing the following:
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Take NSAIDs.
- Take pain medication.
- Warm compress.
- Take a heating pad.
- Take deep pressure.
- Take a heating pad for a few minutes while lying down or sitting.
- Take a heating pad while sitting in a chair.
- Do stretching exercises.
The recovery time for kidney pain is usually short.
When to contact a pro?
If your kidney pain is severe or not going away, you should talk to your doctor.
You should also contact a professional if you have a fever or chills, or if you have skin rashes.
You should call doctors at the following times:
- Immediately if you have a fever or chills.
- If you have skin rashes.
- When the pain is severe.
- If there’s blood in your urine.
- If you’ve lost weight without eating.
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What to think about?
Kidney pain can be the result of a number of things. The most common causes include:
- Infection. Infections in your kidneys can cause pain and swelling.
- Kidney disease. Kidney disease can cause pain and kidney damage.
- Kidney stones. Kidney stones can cause pain and make it hard to pass urine.
If you’re experiencing kidney pain and don’t have any other symptoms, you may have a kidney infection.
You may be able to treat most kidney infections at home. However, you’ll likely need to see your doctor.
If your kidney pain is caused by kidney disease, you may need to make changes to your diet, exercise routine, or other habits that can help you manage your kidney disease.
Your doctor can help you learn how to treat kidney disease.
If you’ve had kidney stones, they may need to remove them.
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Kidney pain and infection
What is the connection between kidney pain and infection?
Kidney infection is a common problem, especially in older adults. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. Symptoms include:
- Cloudy or bloody urine
- Nausea and vomiting
If you think you might have an infection, it’s important to see your doctor. You may need to be treated with antibiotics.
If you’re experiencing kidney pain, you may have a kidney infection. You should speak with your doctor, who can help you learn how to treat and manage kidney pain.
How can I prevent a kidney infection?
The best way to prevent an infection is to practice good hygiene. Wash your hands often, especially after you cough or sneeze, and before and after you eat.
If you’re experiencing kidney pain, you may need to make changes to your diet, exercise routine, or other habits that can help you manage your kidney disease.
Talk to your doctor about what changes might be appropriate for you.
How can I treat kidney pain at home?
You can treat most kidney infections at home. Some infections may require more special instructions.
You may need to take these steps:
- Take a warm bath.
- Apply a heating pad.
- Take a heating wrap.
- Take a hot, steamy shower.
- Take a warm compress.
If symptoms persist or worsen, you may need to visit your doctor.
If you think you have a kidney infection, you’ll need to make the following changes to your diet, exercise routine, or other habits that can help you manage your kidney disease:
- Continue to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.
- Exercise regularly.
- Add more fluids to your diet.
If your pain is severe, you should seek immediate medical attention.
If you’ve had kidney stones, you may need to remove them.
The bottom line
Kidney stones are one possible cause of kidney pain.
Many people who have kidney stones also have pain in their kidneys.
The main symptom of kidney stones is pain in the left side of the abdomen.
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