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Old 10-11-2012, 08:17 AM   #21
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My experience w/thrush: I had it and didn't realize it for over 2 months. Basically, I nursed him with sore/painful nipples from 8 months to after he turned 10 months. I just thought his new teeth were wreaking havoc and he was also biting some at that point so I attributed the splitting skin to bites/blisters from new teeth. It was all kinds of painful and I just knew the problem would resolve on its own. I used nipple creams, neosporin, I soaked them in salt water, I let them air out, etc. I was trying to heal the wounds, not realizing there was an underlying problem. I called my OB/GYN and his pedi and they basically me it was probably time to stop nursing. Oh, sure. NOT!

It wasn't until my nips started itching and peeling nonstop that it occured to me that I might have some kind of infection. DUH. DS never had any signs of thrush at all, but from the symptoms listed on Kellymom, I knew I had it. My doctor didn't disagree and I didn't even have to be seen at the doctor, they just called in a rx for topical nystatin for me. DS's pedi called in some oral nystatin for DS because they said he could have it without having visual symptoms. Nystatin cleared it right up. He's 17 months now and we haven't had any nursing problems since.

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Old 10-12-2012, 07:26 AM   #22
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Thrush? Your LO doesn't HAVE to have it, or have noticeable signs. I like gentian violet, 1% once a day for 7 days on your nipples. Your LO should nurse with no problem, getting a little in his mouth. I read that two purple nipples and one purple mouth means you are both getting treated.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:29 AM   #23
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Re: Nipples hurt soooo bad !! UPDATE

I would get sore when I would ovulate (and also when I was pregnant)
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:02 PM   #24
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I would look into other ways to regulate your hormones without going back on the drugs or pregnancy. I don't see why those are your only two options. Look into the GAPS diet for some dietary possibilities, and Cheeseslave blog has some info on regulating hormones with real food.

Sorry that you're still having so much pain! That sounds miserable.
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:04 PM   #25
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I've been nursing for 18 months. Since I started my period when I ovulate until a week before I start my period my nipples are really tender! It's bizarre!

Could that be it?
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:20 PM   #26
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You cannot see thrush on your nipples. There is no exam or test for it. Please don't tough out the pain if it is thrush, only to regret treating it sooner! The longer you wait, the worse it can get.

I'm sorry things feel so daunting right now. I don't know what your diet looks like now, but perhaps a whole food diet could turn things around for you.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:24 PM   #27
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Re: Nipples hurt soooo bad !! -- Update in OP

I will definitely see about my diet. I did a high fiber diet in the past to help with the PCOS when we were ttc so maybe I need to go back to that. I appreciate the diet ideas, I will definitely check into them.
The NP did say that I might have ovulated this time so that might be another reason why my nipples hurt. But, honestly, I think it is thrush and am going to take the advise I got here. I think I am going to go to Walgreens tomorrow and buy some gentian violet. It won't hurt if I don't have thrush. Thanks again for the support.
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I will definitely see about my diet. I did a high fiber diet in the past to help with the PCOS when we were ttc so maybe I need to go back to that. I appreciate the diet ideas, I will definitely check into them.
The NP did say that I might have ovulated this time so that might be another reason why my nipples hurt. But, honestly, I think it is thrush and am going to take the advise I got here. I think I am going to go to Walgreens tomorrow and buy some gentian violet. It won't hurt if I don't have thrush. Thanks again for the support.
Just a heads up - when I got gentian violet from Walgreens I had to special order it. I also had to specify 1% (I read you aren't supposed to use 2%, I think from Jack Newman).

Good luck with feeling better!
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:36 AM   #29
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Just a heads up - when I got gentian violet from Walgreens I had to special order it. I also had to specify 1% (I read you aren't supposed to use 2%, I think from Jack Newman).

Good luck with feeling better!
You can dilute it to 1% with distiller water.

Thrush is hard to diagnose without the telltale white patches in baby's mouth. But DS doesn't get the white patches until its really bad. Gentian violet and GSE and vinegar cleared us up pretty fast. Check out Dr. Jack Newmans website about thrush, he has lots of info!
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:27 AM   #30
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Agree with other moms that if you have the yeasty-beasties that you can't always see something on the breast or in baby's mouth. 2 things I want to add is if only you're being treated (i.e. Topical antifungal or gentian violet) and baby is not, you will not get better. Every time you nurse you reintroduce. Also, the deeper pain you are describing could be a ductal infection. I think topical/oral nystatin for the babe and oral diflucan for you wouldn't be unreasonable. You could also apply nystatin topically to your breast as well (so you wouldn't have to worry about wiping it off when you nurse). I wouldn't wait this out. That's too painful and sound like you should have some relief!
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