Last Updated on April 23, 2022
Important: If you have kidney pain and take caffeine in the form of coffee and tea, cutting down your doses can reduce the pain. If possible, just keep to one small cup a day. Try cutting down, not taking coffee after 4pm and see if you feel better.
This article is written for those who have experienced pain in the kidney areas but blood tests, scans and even a kidney function test using radioactive substance yields nothing wrong. No stones, no tumor, no swelling, no infection- but the pain’s there. How to explain that?
First, do bear with me with a long personal account of my own experience. The reason I am writing about my experience is to let you know that I had been having this problem for many years, saw specialists and no one could help… and once I found the cause, it just disappeared.
For about 7 years or more I’ve always had pain in my right kidney. The pain sometimes come after a cup of strong latte or iced tea during the day. But mainly, for years, the pain woke me up in the morning to go to the bathroom.
Initially I ignored it- but after my close friend got diagnosed with nephritis (scarring of the kidney due to the immune system attacking her kidneys), I started going for tests. Prior to her diagnosis, she had been experiencing unexplainble fatigue. She ignored it at first, thinking it was due to the shift duty and irregular sleeping pattens that made her tired (we were in shift duty and sleepiness was common). She only went for a routine checkup when her sister insisted she went and paid for the checkup- thankfully she found out before her kidney failed.
At her nudgings, I went to see a physician from a well known private hospital. That time I was very much overweight and he told me that the pain was probably due to constipation. I told him that I don’t really have constipation problems- he insisted it is constipation and dismissed me with a rude look. He also told me bluntly to lose weight. He sent me off with laxatives.
Later I went to another clinic where I wanted to ask for another referral. So happened the doctor’s husband is a urologist. This lady doctor had always been very kind, patient, non judgmental and compassionate. So when I saw her husband, I was pleasantly surprised that her husband was very much like her. I told him about the pain and he prescribed all types of test- I told him I wanted to get to the bottom of the problem and my company is footing all the bills. So I was sent for UV scans, blood and urine tests. When the tests came back with nothing wrong, he prescribed a complete kidney function test where I was required to fast and then swallow a radioactive drink. I would then lie on a steel bed where they took Xrays of my kidneys.
Everything was normal. He told me that he really could not find what was wrong- but at least he put my mind at ease because I had all the tests done.
Fast forward years later, I was still having the pain. Yes, if I stopped drinking coffee, it will not disturb me in the day but the pain would still wake me up almost every morning. It’s a catch-22 situation- I was constantly tired so I needed expensive strong doses of coffee to keep me awake- the 3-in-1 stopped working. I needed lattes, sometimes with added expresso shots to maintain my energy.
Later I left my job, and find no need to continue with strong caffeine doses. The pain in the kidney was still there- waking me up in the morning to go to the bathroom to pee but the day attacks were much lesser. No one could tell me what’s wrong. I exercise frequently and seldom suffered from lower back pain.
Then, only within these few months, I started coming across Chinese system of healing- I found out that the kidney is where our life force lies. So a person who is constantly tired, lethargic, dark eye rings also have weak kidney energy. It is also where the negative energy of fear is being stored.
But the real connection I made was when a healer, which a friend bought me to see told me that he felt I was trying to deny something in my life. It is as if I am going to a different direction from what I knew I should be doing. I was taken aback by his remark, came back and thought about it and realized that it was true.
Then, I started opening my eyes to mind body connection- I read books by Vernon Coleman (Mindpower) and Deb Shapiro (Your Body Speaks Your Mind). From the books, I drew some conclusions:
- If you suffer from any kidney ailments, unexplained pain or even diseases like nephritis, kidney stones that could not be dislodged with lasers, kidney failure, cancer:
Check the direction you are going in life.
Because if you go in the wrong direction from your life’s purpose, you may get kidney problems that seemed to have no cure. Everyone is afraid of following their hearts, especially if it implies going to a totally opposite direction from corporate world, earning tonnes of money and affording the material lifestyle. So many people have learnt to shut the voices in their hearts. Eventually, an inner numbness developed that cannot be satisfied even with shopping sprees, ice creams, chocolates, entertainment or expensive holidays.
But the body never forgets- these denied negative emotions- fearing to go towards the unknown, fearing to listen to one’s heart will be store in the kidneys and eventually weaken it. And then kidney ailments will arise.
This whole notion may sound totally ridiculous to you. But think about it- most of us are rich beyond most of our ancestors- yet, where we are rich in material, our inner being constantly feel empty. Overeating, sluggishness, depression, kidney failures, heart attacks, and other ailments are not as simple as eating too much fast food and too little physical activities. It’s also got to do with the demands to maintain a material lifestyle that we have been conditioned to believe we need.
Learning to respect yourself, have a little faith and condition, working towards the direction that you meant to be doing will eventually lead to your body beginning to heal itself. Even though you may not be cured completely, your kidneys will get stronger and at least the condition will not deteriorate further.
For me, the healer’s message woke me up- I sat down and meditated and told myself that I will try to live my life as true to my vocation as possible. I thanked my body for being there for me and my right kidney for warning me. It was not trying to give me problems- it was trying to warn me for years- and if I continue ignoring the message, perhaps one day, my kidney may just fail me. I knew that I will be afraid but I will face my fears and do it anyway. I started planning my life- going into the vocation related to healing instead of back to corporate world.
Strangely after that, the pain, that had been around my right kidney for years just vanished. That, together with my chronic fatigue problems that I’ve had since I was in my teens. Nowadays, I am usually up early in the morning, where I will do some short prayers and meditation, then followed by either exercising or doing my blogs before I start the day.
Unbelievable? Insane? Does not make sense?
I would not have not believed it myself had it not came from my own experience. It’s first hand account and I want to share my own story after hearing more and more people having their qualities of life lost due to kidney failures.
Here, I am not asking you to buy any product- if you have been reading my blogs, you may get the idea that I am not motivated to write to earn big bucks. Instead, I am appealing for you to learn to be true to yourself. Even though it is not possible now, promise yourself that you will take step by step to walk the path of what you’re put to this earth to do. And take action- even though they may be small action steps.
You will find your health improve. Try it, my friend- after you all, you have nothing to lose and much to gain….inner peace.
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.I’m a serious critical thinker many years ago when I was in my 20’s the medical doctors thought I had a stroke, my eye was sagging they gave me some test and then I was diagnosed ,with I think it was called, Horerners, My masseuse sent me to her Tibetian Chinese medical doctor, he sat with quietly with me for 15 minutes, we asked me a couple questions and gave me some herb tea to take home and drink which cured me in 24 hours! He also told me to stop stuffing my anger and get rid of negative person in my life ! Which I did . Tests show that one minute of anger caused 8 hours of toxicity , Went back to medical doctor they said since it was gone now it was a misdiagnoses. So after being in the prescence of a shangong whom can see the shen and the xingshen bingxue,connection well that changed me and I have continued to be blown away again and again
I think medical doctors are grea and do a great job but for me Chinese medicine has cured me everytime when western medicine has failed We obviously are moving towards understanding the energetic connection just watch Fringe, I think that may very well be the future perspective.
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Sounds to me like you were working hard, experiencing fatigue, and exhausting your kidney(s) in the process. Your “Spiritual Experience” gave you a mental excuse to force yourself to stop stressing. This alone was more than likely the cause of your “cure”, and the behaviors that are connected with it all.
This is very interesting and just what I needed.
I know I have swayed from the path I most desired. I also realize if IIIIIIIII stay positive and strive for energy maybe some things will startto disappear like negativity.
My grandmother tried to teach me some about the almanac. Being a teenager I thought ,yeah right.
Your blog hit the spot more than the 1000$ we have spent. If we only open our minds
it’s surprising and exhilarating things can be so simple if only we let it.
THanks for the open mindness we all need.
Glad you have find the article useful. We still need to do the usual checkups but if nothing shows up, it could be an indication of something deeper.
Take care and hope you get better.
I started having same pain in the kidney area when I was overworked – sitting upto 12 hours continuously. The chair and the desk were not ergonomically aligned at all. When I had 2 days off the pain would lessen. But it is back whenever i am working longer hours – especially during the initial stages of getting acquainted with a new project.
Even you have mentioned that after you left your workplace the pain stopped. Just stating a possibility, please dont get me wrong , – maybe it had to do something with the non-ergonomic office furniture as in my case.
Thanks for the article.
Thanks H for your feedback. Yes, ergonimics could be a cause and it is good that you’ve pointed out.
The kidney pain usually woke me up- as I go to work, it will go off after a while. Now that I am back in the corporate world, I still get this on and off. for myself, I realised it could be due to blocked chi- probably caused by inner conflict about working. Usually I use the cane exercise to dispel the stuck energy around the area and that seemed to help.
I have a question my buddy is having some of the same exact things going on with him right now and he has been to the doctors and they said they couldn’t find anything do you think he should go and ask if he has nephritis.
Hi Jeff, the urine test would be able to tell if he has nepritis.
In octber 2011 I drank Soda when I felt the pain in back .
Usually I used to drink soda with out mixing any thing means no water nothing else full concentrate Soda..
The very next day it was horrible pain in back side just at the end of the spinal cord .
I was not able to even walk as due to pain the left leg was stiff and straight.
Unable to bend the leg , my knee was complete zammed.
I dot’ t know whats happening as I never felt so much pain.
I drank lots of water so that it will neutralize the kidney.
I was sure that something happened to my kidney due to drinking of soda.
But believe me the pain was there up to 12 days .
Then after due to eating Chicken or some masla food I felt same pain.
I never went to doctor but whatever I eat if pain start I stopped taking it second time.
Like wise 2 months passed in Jan 2012 I had visited to a doctor .
Who after the Ultra sound and digital x – ray test in KUB area confirmed me that my left kidney urinary pipe has got 0.5 mm kidney stones (calcium deposition ) . more on left kidney and less in right kidney side.
But I felt pain major in left side.
Then the treatment started
Morning I took Kolthi Dal liquid every day
One tablet of Cystone from Himlaya drugs 2 tablet daily . one morning and one in night for 6 months.
Also homeopathy medicine “ocimum can Q” liquid 8 drops in a cup of water daily for 3 months.
Also magnet therapy in back side to reduce pain I took 1 month
Now after 3 months half pain reduced still 3 months I have to take these medicine.
Remember during this medicine period lots of gastric will happen so take gastric medicine also.
In my case lots of small stones were present in kidney so the doctor suggests me to keep on medicine the stone will melt and comes out through urine.
This is how i cured myself for any further doubt please do write to me.
Thanks for sharing your experience, Pravu. Yes, the kidney pain could be due to kidney stones or even possible onset kidney problems. That is why the doctors would recommend for a checkup to be done.
Thanks for a good insight. Im experiencing not pain but a feeling like some body is touching you in left kidney whenever, I drink coffee or Tea, no such feeling is there when Iam not drinking. On diagonsis, I came to know I have a malrotated kidney in the left side and there may be slight bending of the kidney tube. However, I feel to left off coffee and Tea for fear of any future pains.
I have pain in left kidney. its appear in days after 20 or 25 or after 1 month .
it pains lot . i didnt understand what to do. after some 3-4 hours its stops .what i do please tell me..
First thing is to do a simple blood and urine test to rule out anything. Also if you are a coffee/ tea drinker, cut down on that and take more plain water instead. Exercising also helps the body’s circulation.
I find your point interesting about coffee. Yes, I have been pushing my body with caffeine past 2 years of depression followed by heart break. However, did the meditation spekaing to self for once healed you? I am hard to find belief in it. I am on meditation speaking to self since a year, the pain doesnot go. Infact left side kidney also started giving me pain. Yes, its about coffee and since i was in depression and facing failures in life bothways, can you explain me how it worked for you? Despite constant mediation I feel lethargic, tired, headaches and kidney pain. Infact I faced pre menstrual spotting and issues with regular menstrual spotting this month for first time. I got urine, blood tests ; are all normal. I am very worried.
Can you help?
Thanks for sharing. What you are going through is relevant and I’ve addressed it in this post:
Hope it helps you and take care.
Hi, I had terrible kidney pain a while back, and figured out it was dehydration. I drink lots of water and don’t get the pain anymore. Caffeine also causes dehydration.
But what your saying is also true. there is a method called EFT that you can use to heal yourself from anything by clearing your emotional blocks 🙂
Hi Yin, I am a 25 year old female and I stumbled across this blog bcos i’ve been experiencing pain around my left kidney for several months now and reading your experiences I found a few similarities. One for example is that I am a shift worker and I am working from 7pm to 7:30am usually three or four days a week at a busy( Emergency Room) hospital. I’ve never been a chronic coffee drinker but I do indulge a lot and now i’ve turned to Coca-Cola or Pepsi..just to give me a boost to wake up around 2am…I do however believe in what you’re saying as far as going to a healer….if theres anyone in my area that is a true genuine natural healer..other than God id be interested…perhaps n I know for sure I hold back a lot n usually put myself last after everyone n everything else…As I write this the pain is there…Thank You for posting your experiences…
Thanks very much for sharing this, i am beginning my journey to find the next chapter in my Life.
Blessings to you !
Thank you so much for this! I have been going on and off with kidney pain for no apparent reason.This gave me some reassurance and hope for the future.Namaste!
Ace, thank you!!! I’ve been waking with pain in left kidney, prompting a rush to toilet, every morning for a few months now.. Had been researching and expecting the worst.. Two days ago I stopped drinking coffee because I felt I was too dependent on it, and noticed this morning.. No pain!!! Wahoooo.. Thanks for sharing it helps me feel sane and vindicated!!
Hi Alice….great to hear that. And kudos for you for being able to stop drinking coffee. It is not an easy feat.
I can definitely empathize with your symptoms and frustration. Sounds more like adrenal fatigue than a kidney problem though. I’m wondering if you ever had a full workup with an endocrinologist…? The adrenals are right next to the kidneys, and if they’re not working properly from caffeine overuse, stress, or any number of factors, seems like it could actually have been the culprit. Either way, glad you found the right path to healing.
Thanks for your sharing so that the readers can also check on this possibility. Yes, I have read about adrenal fatigue that is causing similar symptoms as above. It is now 2018 and the pain has gone off for me for quite sometime.