Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Sharp stabbing pain in kidney area
I have a stabbing pain near my kidney area and I have no idea what it is. I`m 15 years old and this pain is so severe it makes me want to cry. What could be causing all of this?
There are a number of causes for pain in abdomen - these include gas pains, pain from the ovaries (if you are a girl), and appendicitis. The diagnosis is made by having the patient describe the pain and examining the patient while he/she is having pain. It would be best for you to tell your parents immediately, and have them take you to a doctor. Be prepared to describe to the doctor:
- When did the pain first begin?
- How long does it last, and how frequently does it happen?
- What seems to make it better or worse?
- What is the pain like, and where exactly is it located?
Once the doctor listens to your story and examines you, they can order appropriate tests. Good luck to you!
Mildred Lam, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University