Alternate Names : Flank Discomfort
What can be done to prevent the condition?
Avoidance of alcohol abuse could prevent many
cases of flank pain from hepatitis or pancreatitis. A vaccine is available to
prevent certain forms of hepatitis. Drinking plenty of fluids every day can
sometimes prevent kidney stones. Many of the causes of flank pain cannot be
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
Irritable bowel syndrome may make a person
and even depressed, but poses no serious long-term health risks. A small kidney stone may pass by itself and have
long-term effects. A large kidney stone may require surgery to remove. Appendicitis and cancer may lead to death if treatment doesn't work.
What are the risks to others?
Flank pain is not contagious
and usually poses no risk to others. If the cause is an infection, the
infection may be contagious.