Where Are Kidneys

The kidneys are bean-shaped organs (about 11 cm x 7 cm x 3 cm) that are located against the back muscles in the upper abdominal area. They sit opposite each other on both the left and right side of the body; the right kidney, however, sits a little lower than the left to accommodate the size of the liver. What is the function of the kidneys?

This will help you tell the difference between general back pain and pain that comes from your kidneys. Your kidneys are two organs about the size of your fist that are shaped like a bean. According to Dr. Charles Patrick Davis on MedicineNet, your kidneys are located just below your rib cage in the back of your abdomen under your liver.

How to identify kidney pain
Where the pain is located. Kidney pain is felt in your flank, which is the area on either side…
Type of pain. Kidney pain is usually sharp if you have a kidney stone and a dull ache…
Radiation of the pain. Sometimes the pain spreads (radiates) to your inner thigh or lower abdomen.
Severity of the pain. Kidney pain is…

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Where Are Kidneys

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