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Flank Pain

Alternate Names : Flank Discomfort

Flank Pain | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Pain medication can be given as needed for relief of the flank pain. Stronger medications for pain, such as morphine, may be needed in some cases. Those with a kidney stone may be able to pass the stone into their urine. If the stone passes, no other treatment is needed. If the stone doesn't pass, surgery may be needed to remove it.

Those with gallbladder disease or appendicitis usually need surgery.

Someone with irritable bowel syndrome may be given medication to help the bowel relax or prevent it from having spasms. Those with a urinary tract infection are usually given antibiotics. Those with a tumor or cancer may need surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Side effects depend on the treatments used. For instance, antibiotics can cause allergic reactions and stomach upset. Any surgery carries a risk of bleeding, infection, and allergic reaction to anesthesia.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

Someone who passes a kidney stone or has it removed may not need any further treatment. A person with irritable bowel syndrome may need long-term treatment for pain flare-ups. An individual with cancer may need long-term treatment for the cancer and may die if treatment doesn't work.

How is the condition monitored?

Monitoring will depend on the cause of the flank pain. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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Author: Adam Brochert, MD
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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