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Breast and underarm pain
Been going on for over 10 days *update 6 weeks on - still needing help

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#1 Tarshy77

Posted 27 May 2011 - 12:20 PM

I will start by saying I'm still breastfeeding my 18month old daughter - only usually 3 times in 24 hours though.

Last week I had what I thought was a blocked duct in my right breast and did what you normally do - feed more, massage etc etc to avoid mastitis. It was very sore for a few days but I tried to ignore it.

After 3 days I noticed the pain was in my left breast a bit too and then thought it might be AF about to return - but so far nothing.

Now 10 days on the pain is still there in both sides but is towards the underarm region- which has got me wondering if it's glands rather than an actual breast problem???

I am certain now that it's not a blocked duct - and although I'm feeling like crap I don't have mastitis (99% sure anyway - I've had it many times and have been hospitalised with very severe cases)

Any suggestions of what it could be? My normal doctor has 2-3 week waiting list - can I wait for this or do I need to see someone else asap?

Edited by Tarshy77, 29 June 2011 - 07:05 PM.

#2 Sassenach2

Posted 27 May 2011 - 12:59 PM

I would treat your underarms just the way you treat your breasts when mastitis is suspected. I had this happen to me when I had my first baby and a doctor told me that under the arms was associated with my milk supply and to just apply hot as you can stand cloths, followed by cold ones from the freezer, Keep the baby feeding regularly and it will soon clear up. If you are still experiencing pain after a few more days, then a visit to the G.P. will alleviate any anxiety.

#3 lucky 2

Posted 27 May 2011 - 10:06 PM

If you are unwell, ie high fever, aches and pains, chills I'd suggest you get a medical review even if you don't have breast redness/lumps. If you were not bfing it may not be so important to check it out but because you are it might be good to discuss this with a Dr just in case it is related to lactation.
All the best.

#4 Sassenach2

Posted 29 May 2011 - 10:47 AM

How did you end up OP? Did you go to see your GP? Were the armpits related to your breastfeeding?
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#5 Tarshy77

Posted 30 May 2011 - 07:47 AM

Hi - I've been away for a couple of days - so didn't respond earlier

I'm still pretty much the same- low grade fever on and off, painful breasts (but not sharp pain like mastitis iykwim) feeling tired and blah.

I have managed to get a cancellation appointment with my Dr for tomorrow morning.

It is possible I guess that it's just my thyroid really playing up (due for more tests anyway) or I'm wondering if I have a relapse of Glandular fever - although I don't really feel sick enough for that.

Not sure- but hopefully might get some  more answers tomorrow.

#6 lucky 2

Posted 30 May 2011 - 01:51 PM

Good luck and let us know!

#7 Tarshy77

Posted 31 May 2011 - 05:11 PM

Dr confirmed that it's not a blocked duct or anything like that. She had a good poke around (OUCH!!!) I've been sent off for a gazillion blood tests and will (maybe) know more in a couple of days.

The right side - which has always been more painful and where the pain started. Is now SOOOOO sore after the Dr checked it out - I've been in agony all afternoon sad.gif

So I still have no idea what it is - but don't actually think it's breastfeeding related.  Oh and I did a HPT to rule out pregnancy - although that would have been almost impossible but wanted to be sure before I went to the Dr.

#8 lucky 2

Posted 31 May 2011 - 05:26 PM

Are you going to have an U/S of your breasts or any antibiotics as you have a low grade fever, in case it is mastitis?
I hope you get to the bottom of this problem soon and that it is easily fixed.
All the best.

#9 Guest_Nurse Mummy_*

Posted 31 May 2011 - 05:30 PM

Have an ultrasound, they are great for ruling out anything really nasty.

#10 Tarshy77

Posted 31 May 2011 - 06:11 PM

Thanks for that - The Dr said she would ring me tomorrow - I might mention it then.

#11 Tarshy77

Posted 06 June 2011 - 04:38 PM

I'm still none the wiser - still in lots of pain and have temp (although it's only very low grade now) most of the other symptoms -including being really dizzy have subsided or gone - so I'm feeling slightly more human today.  

#12 lucky 2

Posted 06 June 2011 - 06:33 PM

Sorry to hear you still have pain. If you live in Melb I can recommend a GP who is also a LC and very good with any lactating breast problems, give me a pm if you wish.
Perhaps if the GP isn't sure of the cause of the pain and low grade fever perhaps she could refer you on to someone else, ie Breast Specialist?

#13 Guest_Nurse Mummy_*

Posted 06 June 2011 - 06:39 PM

If in Sydney I have seen a lovely breast physician, she was really informed and gentle.

#14 Tarshy77

Posted 07 June 2011 - 08:16 AM

Thanks - but I live in Gippsand - country Vic.

#15 Jingleflea

Posted 07 June 2011 - 08:24 AM

I was going to suggest a badly fitted bra until the fever was mentioned. I wore an old underwire bra out to lunch last weekend, the first time in over 14 months (been in maternity bras for nearly 2 years I think, wow I love them!) and it was so uncomfortable compared to my wire free bra.I ended up with red marks on my rib cage after a few hours. Good luck with it all!

#16 Tarshy77

Posted 17 June 2011 - 08:20 PM


It's now over 4 weeks since the troubles first started.  The last 2 weeks the pain has been a bit better and mainly under the arm area and top of the breast.  The temp has been still there, as have dizzy spells but overall I have felt a little better.

Today I went back to the Dr.  All blood tests etc have shown nothing and there are no lumps nor does it feel like a blocked duct.

She has decided to put me on AB's incase it is mastitis - even though it's not showing in the typical form.  If it's no better in 3-4 days I have to go and get a breast ultrasound done.

Tonight however my right boob is AGONY - feels just like normal mastitis and it hurt to feed DD.  It has never done this the whole time.  I'm now wondering if it has been mastitis all the time and the AB's have stirred things up?  Or else maybe I do just happen to have a bit of a blocked duct today because DD only had 3 feeds and in the previous few days she's had a few comfort feeds because she's been quite sick with an ear infection??? There is no obvious blockage and no redness on the breast though.  Temp is the same as what it was this morning (37.6)

ARGH - when will it end?  I'm sick of waking up several times a night in pain because I've rolled over onto my side.  If it is a feeding problem weaning DD seems pretty tempting atm...

#17 lucky 2

Posted 17 June 2011 - 09:28 PM

Oh dear, sorry to hear things haven't really improved. Did you end up having an U/S? Can you get in touch with your Dr tomorrow morning, something isn't quite right. I hope you feel better soon Tarshy original.gif .

#18 namie

Posted 17 June 2011 - 09:36 PM

Oh no, 4 weeks is a long time! Hopefully the antibiotics kick in soon, but an ultrasound sounds like a good idea to me!

Hope you're feeling better soon.

#19 Guest_BBlessed_*

Posted 19 June 2011 - 11:14 AM

Any chance the pain is caused by nipple thrush, and the fever is unrelated?

#20 Tarshy77

Posted 28 June 2011 - 01:22 PM

Bec - Sorry just saw this now - No it's not nipple thrush - have had that a few times (unfortunately) and it's a different type of pain.

I went for the U/S this morning - I have one word OUCH.  The lady was very gentle but I am now in agony.  She couldn't see anything obvious but of course I'll have to wait for the results to be sure.

Almost 6 weeks now it's been painful sad.gif

#21 Tarshy77

Posted 29 June 2011 - 07:04 PM

Ok - now I REALLY need advice where to go/what to do.

I got a call back from Dr's secretary - US was normal.

What should I be doing now?  Who do I see? Obviously a (usually dull) throbbing pain isn't normal for so long. I'm pretty sure it's not actually a breastfeeding issue, but cannot be positive.

Any advice?  I am in country vic (Gippsland) if that helps


#22 lucky 2

Posted 29 June 2011 - 07:33 PM

She has decided to put me on AB's incase it is mastitis - even though it's not showing in the typical form. If it's no better in 3-4 days I have to go and get a breast ultrasound done.

Tonight however my right boob is AGONY - feels just like normal mastitis and it hurt to feed DD. It has never done this the whole time. I'm now wondering if it has been mastitis all the time and the AB's have stirred things up?

Hi Tarshy, I've been thinking (odd but true) and if the pain has increased since taking the Antibiotics then perhaps you do have a thrush infestation in you breast, ? in the lining of the ducts? so when you had the AB's it further altered the balance of microbes and stimulated an increase in growth of the fungus??? Please don't take this too literally as I am only having a guess.
Just wondering, if you haven't already had some do you think you could talk to your GP about this possibility and consider a course of Fluconazole and see if it helps.
There isn't a diagnostic test to exclude or conclude this is the problem but if the U/S is normal and symptoms increased with Antibiotics and you are suffering then the systemic anti-fungal my be worth a try. Its a risk benefit thing, it is compatible with bfing but not with some other medications but this is a matter between you and your GP/pharmacist.
You could also ? have Nystatin orally as well to rid your intestine of fungus (if it is in there too!).
Has bub had any antibiotics in the recent months?
I'll put in a link below from the RWH Melb re ductal thrush.
Good luck.
This link is for health professionals, I know you don't think it is nipple thrush but breast thrush??? The link is informative anyway.

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