Is lower right back pain a sign of kidney infection?
Lower right back pain can indicate pyelonephritis, especially if it is accompanied by other symptoms, such as diarrhea or shivering, or if you have recently had a UTI. However, lower right back pain can be a sign of other serious conditions.
Intense pain in your abdomen that spreads to your lower right back may be caused by appendicitis. If your lower right back pain feels like a persistent ache that gets more intense for a few minutes at a time, accompanied by painful or frequent urination, you may have kidney stones.
All these conditions require a visit to the doctor to diagnose. If you experience lower right back pain that does not go away, visit your doctor to find out what your symptoms mean.
March 25, 2020
Christopher Nystuen, MD, MBA