Anyone know how to treat this without antibiotics? My lower back... on the left side mainly has been hurting for several days now. I don't have any insurance and was hoping for a natural way to treat this without taking medicine!
I used oregano oil (yuck) and cranberry extract the last time and it worked for me! I added the oregano oil to food, but it is very strong. The cranberry extract I added to all of my beverages.
It worked for me. Lots and lots of water will help flush it out too.
dnacol, I hate to be the one to say this but if your having pain in your lower back plus UTI sx you really need to see your physician. It sounds like you may have pyelonephritis (kidney infection) or cystits (bladder infection) and the fact that the pain is not bilateral can indicate a host of other problems as well. These infections can quickly turn into a much more serious infection such as urosepsis. I would not recommend treating this at home.
In terms of Uva ursi for UTIs there is minimal human efficacy data available and hydroquinones can cause liver failure so do not take it for longer than 5 days. In addition if you do choose to use this herb, make sure your urine is alkaline or it will not work. (ie no OJ, etc). I hope you feel better soon!