My baby girl is 2 weeks old, and since the day I left the hospital, I've been having severe breast pain. I have burning pain in my nipples while she nurses, and then after she's finished I have THE WORST stabbing pains inside of my breasts for the next 45 mins to an hour. The LC at the hospital came to see me before we left, and said it sounded possibly like thrush, so she asked the Dr to prescribe me Nystatin. The next day (when the pain was getting worse) they called in Diflucan as well. I saw another LC a few days later who said she thought it was thrush based on symptoms as well as appearance (shiny, red areolas, flaky looking nipples, nipple damage). She had me do the vinegar/water rinse, boil pump parts and shells, use clotrimazole when I wasn't using the Nystatin (the Dr said to use 4 times daily), as well as cutting out sugars and processed foods. I was on the Diflican for 10 days with limited resultant (got a little better, then a little worse, but not back to the original pain level). I saw the LC a week layer, and since there was no significant improvement, she recommended Dr. Newman's all purpose nipple ointment and grntain violet, but told me to discuss with my Dr. I then went to my OB of fice, and the Dr I saw said that she didn't think it was yeast, it's just because I'm a first time mom and breastfeeding the first is "extremely painful." She said the red areolas are because of the baby's latch, and then (when I asked why the redness extrended beyobg where my baby could possibly reach) she said it was because my skin is bring stretched beyond what it ever has before. She wrote me a prescription for a pain med and sent me on my way. Well, I know that's BS...this CANNOT be "normal pain," because NO ONE WOULD DO THIS. I would gladly give birth again if it meant this pain would go away...and I just did that 2 weeks ago, so I haven't had time to forget how awful that was yet. The Dr did take a yeast culture, and the preliminary results came back negative. I guess my question is, is there anything else that can exhibit these symptoms besides thrush? Particularly the extreme pain AFTER nursing? My Dr wouldn't prescribe me Dr. Newman's ointment, but since I can get GV without a prescription, I may do that. I'm just wondering if continuing to treat it as thrush is the right thing to do. Any advice or suggestions appreciated. Thank you!
ETA: my daughter doesn't have any signs of oral thrush or diaper rash. Also, if it is thrush, I'm assuming i got it because (and I admit this with great shame) I bought my nursing bras secondhand, and had to have an antibiotic during delivery for group b steep...I'm assuming I may have infected myself in my attempt to cut costs, and the antibiotic lowered my defenses? Also, I've tried Motherlove and I'm taking probiotics. I think that's all I forgot to add. Lol.