Kidney pain treatment should always be overseen by an experienced medical professional. Even if the discomfort is related to a relatively mild urinary tract infection, serious complications like kidney damage can develop if the condition is left untreated. Additionally, the use of over-the-counter analgesics (when not approved by a physician) can be harmful in certain cases because these medications can reduce blood flow to the kidneys. Individuals from St. Petersburg, FL, who are experiencing kidney pain can receive an accurate diagnosis at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, where we also offer a full range of the latest urologic cancer treatment options.
Sometimes, kidney pain can be traced to kidney stones. These hard deposits can form in the kidneys if urine becomes highly concentrated, allowing the minerals within it to crystallize and bind together. While kidney stones do not cause kidney pain per se — they are typically painless when confined to the kidneys — they can be excruciating when they pass into a ureter en route to the bladder. For kidney pain treatment related to a stone, a physician may prescribe an alpha blocker to relax the muscles around the ureter and help the stone pass. Surgical removal may be recommended for very large stones, or extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) may be used to break the stones up into passable fragments.
While less common, kidney pain can also be caused by cancer, and its treatment can take a variety of forms. The multispecialty team in the renowned Urologic Oncology Program at Moffitt near St. Petersburg, Florida, carefully assesses each patient’s unique circumstances in order to determine the optimal approach, which may include:
- Radiation treatment
- Molecular targeted therapy
- Clinical trials
At Moffitt, clinical trials are also an integral part of our efforts to improve prognostic outcomes and patient quality of life. These important research studies are designed to evaluate the effectiveness of new treatments as compared to the current standard of care. Moffitt remains firmly positioned on the leading edge of cancer research, and the progress we’ve made to date has received national recognition in the form of a Comprehensive Cancer Center designation by the National Cancer Institute. Every day, we come one step closer to finding a cure.
If you’d like to review your kidney pain treatment options with a urologic oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online to request an appointment. Our campus is located just north of St. Petersburg, FL, and we do not require referrals.