If you have a kidney infection (let a uti progress too far) trust me, you really need to go to the dr. Now. Find a free clinic so you don't end up in the er- I tried to treat a uti myself with lots of water, vitamin c, herbs, and cranberry juice (sometimes can work- you need to be drinking 1-2 gallons of water a day, which is no fun when it hurts to pee), but the infection got worse and moved to my kidneys. I was in bed for days with a fever over 104, chills, nausea, back pain, etc. Hot baths and hot water bottles helped make me more comfortable, but only helped my symptoms, not the problem. Finally went to a clinic and was put on cipro for 10 days- they wanted to send me to the er but I don't have insurance. Don't mess around with a kidney infection- you can damage or destroy your kidneys waiting and trying to treat this yourself, and it won't just go away. It will be weeks before I'm back to my usual energy level. I hate antibiotics too, but just eat some yogurt and take the pills- really. Do all the other stuff too- it helps, but is no substitute for medical care if you really have a kidney infection. Good luck, and good health!
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