The 2nd time it happened I thought it was just a coincidence, but now that I’ve gone through probably the 5th or 6th bout of this, I know it’s not….
Whenever I get a plugged duct, within a day I end up feeling sick – general malaise, joint aches, headache, feverish (though I don’t think I have much of a fever), and of course local pain around the pugged duct. Yesterday I noticed that the skin overlying the whole area was reddish, too (in a broad area, not streaky). These symptoms usually last a full day beyond the duct unplugging, although feelings of illness have extended into a second day, and tenderness always persists a couple days.
I don’t think I get nearly sick enough nor am I in enough pain that I have infectious mastitis, but haven’t read about systemic symptoms like this with simple plugged ducts. I'm wondering if I’m the only one, and what ‘s going on? Is this actually mastitis, and should I be doing something about it?
(Incidentally, it’s the same duct that plugs all the time, despite use of lecithin daily. The first several times it plugged last year, I did not get these symptoms, other than local pain.)