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22 5'8 148 lbs 3 1/2 months postpartum I keep having numbing tingling sensation in left arm radiating to neck chest pain and hot flashes I breastfeed?

22 5'8 148 lbs  3 1/2 months postpartum I keep having numbing tingling sensation in left arm radiating to neck chest pain and hot flashes I breastfeed?

No worries: Congratulations on the baby Allison. Unfortunately they can reek havoc on your body. I would recommend you start with the basic moist heat, massage & lymphatic drainage of that left arm. Carpal Tunnel syndrome is a distinct possibility. Try a cock up splint. You may need an MRI of your C-Spine if not improving. I wouldn't worry about the vasomotor symptoms. They will resolve with time. Common! ...Read more

Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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I have constant neck and mid back pain. I am breastfeeding a 7mon and would like too know what is the strongest med i can take that won't hurt him?

I have constant neck and mid back pain. I am breastfeeding a 7mon and would like too know what is the strongest med i can take that won't hurt him?

See below.: My general rule of thumb is this: any medication that's safe for a baby given his age, is also safe for the breastfeeding mom. So Motrin (ibuprofen) and tylenol (acetaminophen) are safe. Consider non-medication relief like heat and gentle stretching. If these measures don't work, please contact your physician. ...Read more

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I'm a breastfeeding mom. When I look down at nursing baby I feel a sharp pain in neck that shots up the back of my head. What ciukd cause this?

I'm a breastfeeding mom. When I look down at nursing baby I feel a sharp pain in neck that shots up the back of my head. What ciukd cause this?

Irritated nerve?: If there is pain, tingling, numbness, or electrical sensations felt when a person moves her head or neck in a particular direction, she may be irritating or compressing a nerve coming out of the spinal cord. A neurologist or a physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation) doctor can figure out the problem and start therapy. Sometimes neck x-rays and / or MRI are needed. ...Read more

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Veins in upper chest, starting at neck line, look like a roadmap from breastfeeding. Quit 7 weeks ago but still produce some milk. Will they go away?

Veins in upper chest, starting at neck line, look like a roadmap from breastfeeding. Quit 7 weeks ago but still produce some milk. Will they go away?

Will go away: Once the milk production decreases and eventually stops, the veins will be loess noticeable until they go back to pre pregnancy appearance. If you are not breastfeeding and not pumping, the production should stop soon. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan of the neck without contrast give meaningful information on a lump? I am breastfeeding.

Can a CT scan of the neck without contrast give meaningful information on a lump?  I am breastfeeding.

Yes: It can definitely help. A ct with contrast is better. If you're worried about breast feeding with the contrast, its not an issue. The amount that is actually eventually absorbed by the baby from the stomach is extremely small. Much less than we give babies actually getting a ct scan. ...Read more

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I have been having upper back pain as well as muscle spasms and tingling between my spine and the bottom of my shoulder blades. I am breastfeeding.?

I have been having upper back pain as well as muscle spasms and tingling between my spine and the bottom of my shoulder blades. I am breastfeeding.?

Not breastfeeding.: The back pain is unlikely caused from breast feeding. Back pain is common during and after pregnancy and hopefully will respond to weight loss, stretching and core strengthening. Try yoga! ...Read more

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Is it safe to receive celestone steroid epidural injection in the neck while breastfeeding? How long should you wait to breastfeed after a treatment?

Is it safe to receive celestone steroid epidural injection in the neck while breastfeeding? How long should you wait to breastfeed after a treatment?

Short term use fine: A single injection is generally not considered a contraindication for BF . Steroids are stress hormones we make naturally & are sometimes given to infants. No delay is required. This is a long acting product that will remain in effect over several days. ...Read more

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Right tonsil is swollen and painful when swallow. Lump in neck. Breastfeeding currently. Recently move have no PCP. Can I wait an watch or need check?

Right tonsil is swollen and painful when swallow. Lump in neck. Breastfeeding currently. Recently move have no PCP. Can I wait an watch or need check?

May need strep test: Sore throat and tonsillitis symptoms usually are evaluated by a rapid strep test in addition to an exam. If there are strep germs, antibiotics such as Amoxil (amoxicillin) or Zithromax are needed. Sometimes tonsils get whitish mucousy stuff on them. A patient can call around town to see if there is a new PCP who can fit her in within 48 hours. Going online to her insurance's website can bring up a PCP list. ...Read more

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Why do my hands and wrist hurt so much before and after i breast feed? It's like a numb tingling feeling. They feel heavy and weak.

Why do my hands and wrist hurt so much before and after i breast feed? It's like a numb tingling feeling. They feel heavy and weak.

Carpal tunnel : The swelling that is common in pregnancy can crowd structures in the tunnel and lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, also handing your baby add more stress. Your symptoms typical for carpal tunnel syndrome. Talk with your doctor he will guide with treatment and you will get better. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why do my hands and wrist hurt before and after i breast feed? It feels like a numb tingling feeling. They feel heavy and extremely weak.

Why do my hands and wrist hurt before and after i breast feed? It feels like a numb tingling feeling. They feel heavy and extremely weak.

Are you using a : Boppie for support & resting your forearms on the padded arms of a rocking chair? Somehow your position is pulling on the roots of nerves to these areas in your neck or you're developing thoracic outlet syndrome ( pinching of nerve, vein & artery bundles as they leave your thorax, or chest). Other neurological disorders are less likely, but a neurologist can diagnose any or all of these. ...Read more

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Is there any pills to lose weight while breastfeeding, if not what is the most efficient way. Also I have thyroid as well?

Is there any pills to lose weight while breastfeeding, if not what is the most efficient way. Also I have thyroid as well?

The old fashioned: way (: But would keep you pace slow & steady regarding weight loss. Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol, sweetened juices, soda & caffeinated beverages. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories ...Read more

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What could i take for an itchy throat while breastfeeding?

What's the cause?: An equally important question is what is the cause for your itchy throat? If allergies, perhaps environmental prevention may prove useful--and not medication. If sinus infection, then an antibiotic may be required. As always, your pediatrician or ob-gyn is your best source to advise you for safe and effective treatment while breastfeeding. In the meantime, suck on a popsicle for temporary relief! ...Read more

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On my first period after breastfeeding, and it's now lasted 2 weeks and is still heavy. I have thyroid issues, too. Is this normal?

On my first period after breastfeeding, and it's now lasted 2 weeks and is still heavy. I have thyroid issues, too. Is this normal?

Maybe: First menses after discontinuing breastfeeding is often heavier than usual, however make sure your thyroid condition is under control, as this could also cause heavy long lasting menstrual bleeding. ...Read more

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I have hot flashes for 3 weeks (starting from week 4 after deliver baby). My thyroid/hemoglobin is fine, stopped breastfeeding recently. What can caus?

I have hot flashes for 3 weeks (starting from week 4 after deliver baby). My thyroid/hemoglobin is fine, stopped breastfeeding recently. What can caus?

Nursing: Estrogen levels drop while you are nursing (that's why the vagina is very dry in a nursing mother). Patients often experience the other symptoms of low estrogen, including hot flushes and night sweats. It may take several weeks for your body to 'bounce back' after you stop nursing. Give it a few more weeks. If no improvement, see your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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I am always tired and forget a lot of things. I am still breastfeeding my 19m old and have not lost weight, feels like I gained. Can it be my thyroid?

I am always tired and forget a lot of things. I am still breastfeeding my 19m old and have not lost weight, feels like I gained. Can it be my thyroid?

Tired: Sure but you also could be exhausted or depression or many other causes I would recommend you bring these symptoms up with your healthcare provider ...Read more

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My throat is dry and itchy causing me to cough, I am currently breastfeeding, are any cough suppressents safe?

My throat is dry and itchy causing me to cough, I am currently breastfeeding, are any cough suppressents safe?

Treatment...: You probably don't need a cough suppressant. Your cough is likely due to post-nasal drip and there are effective treatments for that. Since that includes prescription nasal sprays, you should have this evaluated by your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Breastfeeding. Positive ovulation tests for the last 9 days. I have overactive thyroid. Why are I still getting + ovulation tests. I'm not pregnant.

Breastfeeding. Positive ovulation tests for the last 9 days. I have overactive thyroid. Why are I still getting + ovulation tests. I'm not pregnant.

You need to see: your doctor. firstly why are you doing ovulation tests?? if you have a thyroid issue then this needs treatment. please see your local doctor for evaluation and treatment. the two issues may be related. ...Read more

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My throat has been hurting for a day now, was wanting to know if I can take theraflu while breastfeeding? Also is it safe for the baby to breastfeed w

My throat has been hurting for a day now, was wanting to know if I can take theraflu while breastfeeding? Also is it safe for the baby to breastfeed w

Ok but short course: Assuming the medication is Theraflu flu & sore throat. It contains 3 ingredients- acetaminophen, phenylephrine and pheniramine. Acetaminophen is safe. small amounts of pheniramine can pass to breast milk and baby may be restless or sleepy Phenylephrine could decrease lactation However recent studies seem to ok https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2868610/ Make you don't have strep throat ...Read more

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Tingling (Definition)

Tingling is a pins and needle like sensation anywhere on the body. May also be termed paresthesia. Can experience when elbow is bumped (funny bone), or even from frostbite. On its own, unlikely significant but may be part of nerve pathology from ...Read more