Could it be Mastitis? :-(
oh no :(
your post made me weepy because i feel for you...
I personally would see a doctor if your symptoms haven't resolved by today. Or a LC. When I had mastitis, I called my dr and told him my LC said I had mastitis. He was willing to accept her diagnosis and prescribed me antibiotics by phone.
mastitis would be accompanied by fever (i think). when I had mastitis, it knocked me on my butt. It felt like the flu. Fever, body aches, exhaustion. It may be a clog, which can quickly develop into mastitis, so we need to get it cleared. Since the pain is concentrated on 1 side, i would be inclined to say it's a clog, perhaps you can't feel it. Or it may be a partial clog, so there is some draining but not complete which is why you get some relief.
I know massage probably hurts, but if possible try to massage before and during a pump. You can take motrin to help with the pain. Try warm compresses or a hot shower before pumping. Pump as much as you can.
My trick for clearing clogs (worked every time last time I pumped once I discovered it) was to use the cheap manual pump that comes with the pump in style. The one that looks like a bicycle pump. That bugger can suc.k anything out! I also think it helped because you can control the suction and do long, hard pulls. I would never use it regularly to pump (ouch!) but anytime I felt a clog, I would pull it out and have success. This time around, I have only had 1 clog (knock on wood). Since I had recently discovered it, i tried using my other, gentler manual, the harmony. That was strong enough to get this clog out. I wouldn't turn up the electric pump, as that can hurt and be too fast. Read More At : ...