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To remain worried about ds's growing pains....

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JayJayBird Thu 22-Dec-16 17:23:13

Taken ds 3.5yrs to dr a couple of times as he constantly complains about pains in his legs, arms etc. This has been going on since he has been verbal (around 2) If he sits for too long he struggles to walk after, if he rides on someone's shoulders he is pain and tears when he gets off, he frequently says his legs hurt, his back hurts, his arms hurt. Dr has never really looked at him just dismisses it as growing pains. I just worry, may be it is growing pains but it seems quite extreme to me. He is physically very mobile, pretty boisterous, very active, developmentally he's fine, and is strapping, well built and quite stocky (not overweight but broad across ribs/ shoulders). Dh really suffered with his knees and speed of growing, he now has large calcified lumps under each knee as a result of rapid growth spurts but if it is this I feel I'm getting no support in preventing him having the same issues.

PinkSwimGoggles Thu 22-Dec-16 17:31:59

go back,
it looks like you need a referral to a rheumatologist.
also worth looking up is hypermobility which can cause pain.

I wish gp's would stop dismissing growing pains. the consultant we see with dc's bone problems says 'there is no such thing a growing pains'. pain has a reason, and if there is no obvious cause (injury, strain due to too much activity) pain needs to be investigated.

SpaceDinosaur Thu 22-Dec-16 17:39:00

I was going to suggest hyper-mobility too my years of "growing pains" were dismissed as this. Finally diagnosed at 25.

Indrid Thu 22-Dec-16 17:57:55

I'm hyper mobile. 'Growing pains' are normally restless leg syndrom, and much more common in us bendy folk. Anemia also causes similar pains.

Imo I would keep going back to drs. Making sure lots of iron from diet, and not too much dairy as it blocks absorption. Magnesium helps anything muscle related also, & vit c & bs necessary for proper absorption of both. Vit d too, although unsure of the studies on this. Heat helps at the time, hot baths, water bottles or wheat bags. Weighted blankets and massage. Calpol & nurofen also if interrupting sleep. Try and keep excerise balanced, too much or too little sets me off. Check out to see if it all fits.

corythatwas Thu 22-Dec-16 18:10:56

Dd used to get horrible pains after sitting on someone's shoulders. She has hypermobility syndrome.

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