I had posted last week about my situation. Three weeks ago, I went into the doctor because I had a very red and sore breast. It was also warm to the touch. I was sent to the Breast Clinic where some imaging was done. The doctors prescribed me an antibiotic for 10 days and scheduled a follow-up appt. Before my check up appointment, the redness and warmth decreased a lot. My doctor said about 85% (I had four days of meds left).
My meds ended last week on Monday. The redness is very faint now - practically visible. However, my breast still hurts. I have a two month followup appointment in 1.5 months.
Could an antibiotic have given me false hope? Could I still have IBC even though the redness decreased that much?
I am really sorry that you are still feeling so worried that you might have IBC.
As Katarina and I suggested in our previous comments,your symptoms would not have gotten better with the antibiotics if you really had IBC
If you continue to be overly concerned about it I can only advise you to talk to your doctor and express your worries as you are doing here and ask him what are your best options regarding some tests that you would like to do to alleviate your worries and to make sure that you don't have IBC.
Usually the best test to detect IBC is a breast biopsy or skin biopsy that a dermatologist could also perform.
I sincerely wish you all the best...
Please, if you have any additional questions keep it on the same thread (Use the "post a comment" below the answer you have received ) This helps to have all your information together so we can better follow your case.
I have had alot of experience with mastitis when breastfeeding my babies, and I found that the pain was often associated with blockage when tended to occur at the same time every month (beginning of menstruation). It also happened in the same ducts. If I didn't address it by prolonged breastfeeding or pumping, it would turn into a recurrent mastitis. I don't know what your previous thread said, or if you are currently breastfeeding, but you can get some very good advice on mastitis and blockages from La Leche League or from a lactatrion specialist.
In any event, if you still have pain, I would call your doctor and let him/her know in case you need stronger antibiotics. If there is still infection in there, it is important that it gets knocked out. If the pain is from blockages, than that is important to know, as well, so that you can learn how to unblock.
I am still experiencing pain. I'm not breastfeeding or anything, but I did just have my period. It ended yesterday. The pain is sort of constant, with waves of it being a bit stronger, and it's throughout my entire breast, sometimes almost into my arm. The redness is nearly gone - only a very, very faint pink. Still sound like mastitis or a blocked duct, correct? Not IBC?
I have another appt. on Monday; hopefully I can keep positive non-cancerous thoughts coming!
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