Flank Pain

ExitCare ImageFlank pain is pain in your side. The flank is the area of your side between your upper belly (abdomen) and your back. Pain in this area can be caused by many different things.


Home care and treatment will depend on the cause of your pain.

  • Rest as told by your doctor.

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.  

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Tell your doctor about any changes in your pain.

  • Follow up with your doctor.


  • Your pain does not get better with medicine.  

  • You have new symptoms or your symptoms get worse.

  • Your pain gets worse.  

  • You have belly (abdominal) pain.  

  • You are short of breath.  

  • You always feel sick to your stomach (nauseous).  

  • You keep throwing up (vomiting).  

  • You have puffiness (swelling) in your belly.  

  • You feel lightheaded or you pass out (faint).  

  • You have blood in your pee.

  • You have a fever or lasting symptoms for more than 2–3 days.

  • You have a fever and your symptoms suddenly get worse.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.