I had severe lower back pain on around my 11th day on the fast and it lasted a couple days at least. It scared me at first because it was very sharp and then tappered off. It's a detox symptom and one you should carefully watch but also remain calm about. I found that staying calm through my detox symptoms really helped. Enemas also helped me although I'm not an advocate of them. I never used an enema in my life before the fast and plan on never using them again unless I'm fasting and have detox symptoms such as the one above. I hope your pain subsides soon. -Kate
Thanks Kate, the enema idea sounds good. I actually like enemas (even the oral salt water). The coffee ones are my favorite. Oh, and adding a bit of chlorophyl is good (only had that at the end of a colonic.
That lower back pain tends to mean the kidneys are not flushing well... drink drink drink!!!
On day 18 of my 60 day megafast I passed a small kidney calcification, and fasted through with the support of my excellent naturopath. I took homeopathic and herbal support for both my kidneys and later my bladder (owie), and was fine as frog's hair in a week.
Anytime I get lower back twinges while fasting I seriously step up my water consumption! If it continues I drink fresh parsley tea, or make tea as recommended by Edgar Cayce for cleansing the kidneys: Steep 1 T. chopped fresh Watermelon seeds in 2 cups boiling water til cool and drink freely.
Heat helps relieve the pain, and I believe a good soaking bath helps us to hydrate.
I believe you are water fasting. I have done a lot of Master-Cleanse (mono juice fast) and juice fasting (consuming 3-6 cups daily of freshly made fruit/veg juices daily). Juices have allowed me to continue my daily exercise routine every fasting day, barring crises, and keep my energy level high throughout. I have done short water fasts, usually during a juice fast, to deepen the cleanse or to alleviate nausea or another detox reaction.
I drink herb teas to relieve the monotony of fasting, and have also sipped tea during lovely dinners out with friends... teas have also helped relieve detox symptoms like nausea and kidney pain. My big faves are chamomile, cinnamon, ginger, mint and rose hip, but I cannot imagine why any herb tea wouldn't compliment a fast in moderation. Stevia makes a good sweetener that doesn't affect your cleanse.
In the last fast I did of 105 days, I experienced a spinal detox that started at my neck and worked its way down and out, over the first few days of the fast. It was a feeling of pain, discomfort and even numbness, but it went away and I felt awesome. It was the first time I'd ever experienced a detox symptom like that before.