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#1 Kafkaesque

Posted 21 February 2009 - 08:39 PM

I have a rather tender spot on one of my breasts, it is starting to get warm to the touch and feels bruised.  There is a slight outline around the area that is sore. From memory it is how my mastitis started. I am also starting to feel a little unwell. My youngest is 3 and hasn't bf since 14 months so not feeding related.

So can you get mastitis when not feeding or is there something similar that it could be?

Not overly concerned and will see a Dr if it is still there or worse in the morning but am wondering in the mean time.

Will also head off to google now although I feel a little fuddled so not sure how good I will go.

Cheers

#2 bellemae

Posted 21 February 2009 - 08:42 PM

I googled, and yes you can, though it's rare...

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/breast_infection/page2_em.htm


Hope your (.Y.) are feeling better soon.

Edited by bellemae, 21 February 2009 - 08:43 PM.


#3 i-love-my-son

Posted 21 February 2009 - 08:44 PM

I have had mastitis post-breast-feeding but was related to continuous production of milk that just wouldn't dry up completely.

Do you have a temp?  Can you try and hand-express the area (gently!) to see if there is actually any milk in that area?  I'd keep an eye on it and if you started running a fever and getting sorer rather than better, would get antibiotics from a doctor.

#4 Benevolence

Posted 21 February 2009 - 08:47 PM

I'm not too sure but just wanted to say that I have not breastfed for nearly 18 months and still sometimes get colostrum like leakages.  Not much but enough to know that if there was some serious sucking I could BF again.

#5 Mianta

Posted 21 February 2009 - 08:48 PM

Don't google it! You will end up thinking you have breast cancer or something. Tbh, I would just go to the doctor and get on some ABs if required. You can get mastitis if bacteria enters your ducts somehow, like through a crack or some trauma on your breast, so perhaps if this is happened to you, then it is possible to get it without feeding. Sorry, that was a bit of a shot in the dark while trying to remember what I know of the pathophysiology of mastitis, without getting off my ass and looking through the midwifery text that is two feet away from me. tongue.gif

#6 Jahbee

Posted 21 February 2009 - 09:07 PM

My 15 month old son recently weaned and 3 weeks later i got mastitus, i couldnt believe it as all my milk had dried up but there you go.

#7 karenjoy

Posted 21 February 2009 - 09:16 PM

When I was in my late teens, I had really bad pains in my left breast and went and saw my doctor who told me it was "hormonal mastitis".

This was a good 15 years before I became pregnant, eventually went away and needed no real treatment.

Hence there a various forms of mastitis, and not just related to breast feeding.

Karen

#8 Kafkaesque

Posted 21 February 2009 - 09:37 PM

I decided to go to the after hours GP as it was feeling worse and didn't want to end up with the raging fever and feeling like death, as you do with mastitis, in the middle of the night.

He doesn't think it is mastitis. shrug.gif Need to get an ultrasound next week.

Thanks all.

#9 TwoBoysAndAGirl

Posted 21 February 2009 - 10:05 PM

I hope your ultrasound goes ok.

I had something very similar to this before my last period arrived. It looked like mastitis to me intially but lasted for around two days and then disapeared without any medical help. I never developed the fever and feeling like rubbish that mastitis brings and I had no blocked duct which is a trigger for mastitis for me. So I think this was a hormonal thing for me.  

I should add I am still breastfeeding twice a day but I have had mastitis before and I am sure that it was not this.

#10 Jane08

Posted 21 February 2009 - 11:06 PM

Yes you can.  It is called non lactational mastitis, and I got it 18 months after weaning my son.  Mine was due to a lymphatic blockage that caused stasis of the lymphatic fluid which then became infected rather than a milk blockage.  Strangely enough I had never had mastitis whilst breast feeding DS!  I did have terrible mastitis a couple of months ago with my DD and again ended up in hospital again - both cases of my mastitis were as painfull as each other, despite the differing causes.

Just so you know, I was misdiagnosed by 2 GPs and ended up very, very sick in the ED.  It wasn't until I was seen by a specialist breast surgeon that I was properly diagnosed and treated.  It is so uncommon that most Drs never see a case (or even know about it!), and quite a few health professionals have looked at me as if I am crazy when I tell them lol.  

Keep an eye on it and if it is not getting better or you become more unwell ask for a referral to a breast surgeon just to be sure.

Good luck with it.

#11 koalas

Posted 22 February 2009 - 08:44 AM

Yes you definitely can.  I had a breast ultrasound done a couple of weeks ago due to me finding a lump. The lump was a gland but the findings came back saying I had large looking ducts which still had fluid in them.  I gave up bf almost 4 months ago now

#12 Bwok~Bwok

Posted 22 February 2009 - 09:46 AM

I had this problem about 10 years ago and it turned out to be an infected Milk Duct (don't know if that is the same as mastitis??) and I haven't had any children.  

Hurt like hell. But thankfully the Anti-Biotics I had cleared it up, otherwise they would have had to drain it with a needle. unsure.gif




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