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Got a Kidney Problem? Take These Kidney Tests

Have you been experiencing soreness or pain in your lower back recently, and it doesn’t seem to be a spinal or muscular problem? If so, it may be time to ask your doctor about kidney tests.

There are a number of diseases and disorders that can result in a kidney problem. Some come on strong and fast. As the saying goes, you “dont know what hit you.”  This kind of discomfort  frequently results from kidney stones or an acute kidney infection.

But some types of kidney back pain progress gradually├»»¿ due to the fact that the underlying cause is chronic. This is typically what occurs in the case of kidney failure. 

Frequently, your doctor can tell if there’s a problem by taking a urine sample. Toxins, chemicals, blood and sometimes even tissue fragments will appear. This is usually a signal that you need more tests.

Drawing a blood sample is one way to ascertain if there is a kidney problem. Your kidneys filter out toxins in the blood, and if a kidney isn’t working as it should, certain chemicals will be plain to see in the blood test .

Here are some typical blood tests doctors use to help identify kidney problems:

1. The blood urea nitrogen test When the blood is tested for nitrogen, this can tell the physician if the urine that the kidney sends to the urethra (the tube connecting a kidney to your bladder) is functioning as it should or not.             

2. The creatinine test This resembles the blood urea nitrogen test but measures the creatinine levels. Creatinine is a waste product that is generated by your muscles and is carried to your kidneys through the bloodstream. The kidneys filter it out and dispose of it in your urine. If creatinine levels are abnormal, then it’s probable that one or both kidneys are malfunctioning.

These are the most frequently used blood tests, but several others are also available. 

In some cases, two or more of the tests mentioned above will be used at the same time. In fact, doing both tests is typical. Results are reliable.

Kidney back pain should not be ignored. Anyone who has kidney back pain should visit their doctor to see if they have a kidney problem . Blood and urine samples can help your doctor diagnose if there is a problem with kidney function.