Your adrenal glands are two walnut-sized endocrine glands that sit on top of your kidneys. Various conditions related to your adrenal glands can cause back pain. This article will discuss the various causes, symptoms, and treatments for the conditions associated with back pain in the location of the adrenal glands.
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Where Is Pain Caused by the Adrenal Glands Felt?
The most common area where pain is felt because of the adrenal glands is the back and sides, otherwise known as the flank.
There may also be a secondary pain in other locations if the adrenal glands are suffering from adrenal gland fatigue. This could involve the muscles that support the pelvis and lower back, including the hamstrings and groin muscles.
What Are the Possible Causes of Back Pain Near the Adrenal Glands?
There could be several possible reasons for back pain at the location of the adrenal glands. If the pain is related to the adrenal glands, then it could be because of an adrenal tumor, adrenal cancer, or adrenal fatigue. The list below highlights some possible causes.
- Adrenal adenoma: This is a benign tumor and is the most common of all adrenal tumors.
- Adrenocortical cancer: This is the most common of the adrenal cancers. It affects the adrenal cortex. It is a very rare cancer.
- Pheochromocytoma: This is often a benign tumor but will produce hormones inside the adrenal gland.
- Neuroblastoma: This type of adrenal gland tumor is cancerous and is often found in children.
- Adrenal fatigue: Adrenal glands can fatigue when they are under stress for a long time.
Symptoms of the Conditions That Cause Back Pain Near the Adrenal Glands
As previously mentioned, the conditions that can cause back pain in the location of the adrenal glands are often related to adrenal tumors, adrenal cancer, or adrenal fatigue. Below you can find the symptoms for each condition.
Adrenal tumors can be cancerous or benign. Listed below are the symptoms related to adrenal tumors.
- Flank pain (back and side)
- Signs of hormone imbalances (Extra body hair in women and breast growth in men)
- Excess fat on the back of the neck and shoulders
- Loss of sexual appetite
- Erectile dysfunction
- Muscle cramps
- Unexplained weight gain/loss
- High blood pressure
- Rapid heartbeat
If you believe that your symptoms are pointing toward adrenal cancer, it is vital that you get a professional diagnosis. The expert urologists at Urology of Greater Atlanta can perform diagnostic tests, such as blood and urine tests, to provide you with an accurate diagnosis.
More common than adrenal cancer is adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue can cause the following symptoms in the list below.
- Flank pain (back and side)
- Excessive stress
- Sensitivity to bright lights
- Low libido
- Eyelid twitching
How to Treat the Conditions Associated with Back Pain Near the Adrenal Glands
Treatment plans will be specific to the problem that is causing the pain. Below lists two common causes of back pain in the adrenal gland area and the treatment options for each.
If the cause of your back pain is due to adrenal cancer, the team at Urology of Greater Atlanta will use a variety of treatment options depending on the severity of your condition and your overall health needs. Your cancer treatment could include medication, radiation, or chemotherapy. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the tumor or your adrenal glands.
If you are suffering from adrenal fatigue then some lifestyle changes may be all that you need to help your adrenal glands recover. The following list contains some suggestions that could help.
- Quit alcohol
- Quit smoking
- Cut down or quit caffeine
- Eat wholegrain foods
- Cut down on sugar
- Do more exercise
- Get more sleep
- Take vitamins
When to Seek Help for Adrenal Gland Back Pain
If you are experiencing pain in your back and sides, it would be best to have your symptoms evaluated by an expert urologist. Your pain and discomfort could be associated with an adrenal gland problem, especially if you have other symptoms related to hormonal imbalances.
At Urology of Greater Atlanta, we offer various diagnostic services and treatments for problems with the adrenal glands. Contact us today to book an appointment at one of our offices in Georgia if you suspect you have a problem with your adrenal glands. Our specialists are eager to help you resolve your back pain.