Can't find the clog :(

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Nell4Him's picture
Joined: 10/25/06
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Can't find the clog :(

The lower left quadrant of my right breast HURTS!!! Sad It feels super bruised and every time I change position (from sitting to standing, bending over, reaching my arm up for something in the cupboard), it HURTS!! Sad

I got my flu shot on Thursday and I also did some painting at my mom's new house that same day. The flu shot I got in my left arm, so that arm got very sore the next day. My breast (opposite side of body) got painful about the same time as the arm getting sore. I felt "run down" about 6 hours later. My whole body started to hurt. But NO fever! I figured either I pulled a muscle in the lower part of my breast while painting (I did use my right arm to paint--right handed and all) or I bruised it somehow. I am still blaming the run down, whole body hurts feeling on the flu shot.

I've given myself a breast exam (also got the doc's version of that at the same appointment I got the flu shot) and I cannot find any one particular problem area. The whole lower left quadrant hurts! I feel a HUGE lump or knot right where the bottom of my breast meets my rib cage, but I can't tell if it's my rib or not. I try to lay on my back, put my hand under my head and lift up the breast tissue so that I can't be feeling my rib and I can't find the problem spot. I've also tried the gravity approach and squeezed my breast tissue while on my hands and knees.. same deal, no obvious clog.

Every time the baby pushes herself against my chest, I shudder it hurts so bad!!

Do you all think I just pulled a muscle or bruised my breast somehow? It hurts bad! No visible red spots or hot spots (except after I've been looking for the lump). No fever, or I'd be going to walk-in for a mastitis check.

Advice? I've already done a great deal of massaging to try and release a clog, but without finding a clog.... :confused:

Kayla1981's picture
Joined: 01/04/07
Posts: 1529

Oh wow, I don't know. Have you tried warm showers or heat and then massage while BFing in that general area? I'd probably go to my doctor if it was painful and not getting better. I've never pulled anything or bruised myself in that area but I suppose it could happen. I would still say making an appointment is probably a good idea. Just my two cents.

Nell4Him's picture
Joined: 10/25/06
Posts: 2455

It's better now. I decided to leave it alone for a bit (if it was a bruise, I could be making it worse with the massaging) and it was better the next day. :shrug:

Kayla1981's picture
Joined: 01/04/07
Posts: 1529

Oh, we'll, I'm glad to hear that!