I know that the internet is no substitute for true medical advice, but I had this issue before, I began feeling almost flu-like. Headaches, and chills, fever, terrible muscle aches, and so tired. It happened in the first month after my daughter was born, and after doing some research I concluded it sounded like mastitis. I didn't see a doctor because by the time the weekend was over, I was feeling better.
So just today I started feeling ill again, and it's gotten progressively worse throughout the day. I'm not nursing, but I am pumping and bottle feeding, and I feel like maybe because the past few days I had a couple of abnormally long shifts at work and a busier than usual schedule so I haven't pumped as much, but now my left breast also hurts really bad, and there's a red line on the top, and what feels like a lump of milk that won't come out! I'm in the process of trying to get my daughter back to breast, and it's even harder when any pressure on the top of my breast is so painful.
Has anyone had mastitis? Did you see a doctor? Did it go away? Did it come back?
My boyfriend is telling me to go to a doctor because "otherwise they'll have to amputate [my] boob" but I hate doctors and it went away on its own before.