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So both my kids have chicken pox. Yesterday the whole day I felt.. very desperate for a nap (dh eventually came home early and I took a very long one! WHEW!) by mid afternoon I felt kinda like I had a fever, except without the fever part. I also was achey.. lower back and hips, mostly. So I expected that I just needed a nap and would feel better. Woke up.. nope! Feel just as bad! AS the night progressed I developed a fever. I just sorta assumed that even though I have immunity to CP, I was exposed and my immune system is just doing its thing, hence the fever. At the highest (that I checked, at least) it was 101.3. Now its around 99.9 and I don't feel as bad, just a little weak and headachey. Anyway, just in the last couple hours it occured to me.. duh, my boob freaking hurts! Its not unbearable to nurse but it is uncomfortable enough that I've put my 3 y/o off several times. I don't feel any lump or anything that feels like a plugged duct. dh says it looks red. I've always heard of mastitis as being pure agony, like getting run over by a truck and so much as brushing your arm against it is like blinding pain. Its not THAT bad. but definitely sore to the touch.

Could it be mastitis? Do I need to do anything specifically to treat it or will it just run its course?

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I've never had mastitis, but your symptoms seem to fit the description. I've heard that breastfeeding women sometimes get mastitis when other members of their family get viral infections.

The recommended treatment is rest, fluids, massage the breast, apply heat, and nurse. It's important not to decrease the frequency of nursing if it is either mastitis or a plugged duct. If pain or a high fever persist or worsen your healthcare provider may need to prescribe an antibiotic.

The kellymom page has lots of info if you haven't checked it out already:

Whether or not it's mastitis, I hope you feel better soon.
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That sounds like when I had mastitis ( Like you said, different from other experienced).
You need to keep nursing, A LOT! Lot's of rest and fluids. Extra vitamin C is also good. I chose to take raw garlic as a natural antibiotic. You can cut the clove into a few smaller pieces and swallow is like a pill. I think I did three cloves a day. You can also take ibueprofen to help with the pain and swelling.
Hope you are feeling better soon!

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Interesting about viral infections in other family members being a cause! When dd had (presumably, never went to a doc to confirm) rotovirus, I had similar symptoms.

Still nursing like crazy! The baby likes to use that side as a pacifier. I've gone through 2 quarts of recharge in less than 24 hours so I'm good on fluids. I'll take some C and garlic too. Thanks!!

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