Kidney pain when "overhungry", as I call it

Sweet72947

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Anybody ever experience something like this?

If I get too hungry, pain starts in my lower back, I assume in my kidneys, and radiates around to the rest of my abdomen. It will feel like a giant hand is squeezing me around the waist. It hurts pretty bad. It doesn't happen very frequently as I make sure to eat regular meals most of the time, and keep my body on a pretty regular eating schedule (breakfast at 6am, morning snack around 9:30am, lunch at 11:00am or so, snack around 3:00pm when I'm going home, and dinner at 5-7pm, and sometimes a snack at night). It happens sometimes in the middle of the night, and other times at work if I don't eat a granola bar in time. Once it happened in the morning while I was driving to work and it hurt so much it was all I could do to concentrate on driving. I do drink plenty of water.

This never happened before I had my gallbladder surgery, and my friend's husband said the same thing happens to him sometimes, and he has also had gallbladder surgery, so I've been wondering if it could be related to that. Google searches have revealed nothing useful.

Oh and one other weird thing, if it happens in the middle of the night, I get out my heating pad and lay with it on my lower back, and the pain goes away (all I'm thinking about in the middle of the night is a way to make the pain stop as quickly as possible so I can go back to sleep, and this works faster than walking downstairs to get food)! The only thing that makes the pain go away besides eating something if I feel it start up, is laying on my heating pad.
 

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I know this is an old post, but I have EXACTLY the same problem. I didn't have it before my gallbladder surgery, either, it is relieved through eating or the application of heat as well while lying down as well. If I do nothing at all the pain increases and becomes absolutely unbearable. A working theory my doctor has is that, without a gallbladder, stomach acids can actual leak into the kidney and the intestines. Drinking water can actually make it worse, especially cold water on an empty stomach. Also, breathing in the same way women who are having contractions do can help with the pain if you have to tough it out while waiting for food or heat relief. As far as an actual cure, wish I had the answer to that myself.
 

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Wow this is an old thread lol. Thanks for the info, that's interesting. I haven't had it happen in a long time. What helps me a lot is eating enough nutritious food during the day so I don't feel hungry at night. I also am trying to eat more protein and vegetables. :)
 
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