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DD's leg really hurts her, says she can't walk.

(23 Posts)
TheOriginalFAB Tue 02-Aug-11 20:20:15

Have given her Calpol but on past experience we don't hold out much hope it will take the pain away. Any ideas?? She is 8.

Ben10isthespawnofthedevil Tue 02-Aug-11 20:21:26

You can give Nurofen as well. Sounds like she needs a trip to A&E if she really can't walk sad

Ben10isthespawnofthedevil Tue 02-Aug-11 20:32:01

By chance I was looking on the local boards and have noticed that you are in the same area as me as you were commenting on the schools. Therefore I wouldn't be taking her to the hospital at this time of night. It is a nightmarish place even during the day grin.

You could try the out of hours service though who would be able to help if you can't wait until the morning,

DeWe Tue 02-Aug-11 20:48:08

There is a sort of virus that can give leg pain really badly. Not sure whether there's anything other than time and calpol/ibroprofin you can give.
You know your dd best though. Is she a "not-say-anything-until-she's-in-agony child or a drama queen? I've got one of each in my dd s, both can be tricky to diagnose.

TheOriginalFAB Tue 02-Aug-11 20:51:32

Nurofen makes her sick and dizzy so not wanting to do that.

If she says it hurts, it hurts.

SHe was in pain a while back with side pain and we saw so many doctor's. None had a clue. Turned out an osteopath diagnosed her in 2 seconds. I can't take her now there but might be able to have her seen tomorrow.

She hopped but I feel so sorry for her. Her brother has been awful to her today and it is her birthday as well.

jenniec79 Tue 02-Aug-11 20:55:55

Whereabouts in the leg?

Knee pain can be from the hip as can groin/thigh pain.

If she's limping or not putting weight through you may need to head to GP/A&E for assessment +/- Xray. Osteopath can't do XRays (and need to be seen by children's specialist if hip problems a possibility)

Ben10isthespawnofthedevil Tue 02-Aug-11 20:56:09

Poor little thing for it to happen on her birthday as well sad

If you have a good HCP that you trust then it sounds like it will be a good idea to go to see them first.

TheOriginalFAB Tue 02-Aug-11 21:00:12

I will check on her in a bit. Typical that DH has to go to work tmw.
The pain is in her thigh down to her knee, at the back.
The osteopath is private. I have no faith in any of the GP's as they seem to think I am crazy when I explain what DD has been through physically.

Ben10isthespawnofthedevil Tue 02-Aug-11 21:28:06

The back of the leg is the hamstring muscle normally which always makes the footballers pull up when they hurt it. That must really hurt her if it is the hamstring sad

SunshineYellow Tue 02-Aug-11 21:35:48

Is your DD's bad leg anything to do with whatever else she has been through? Does it hurt when she is still, or just when she is moving/weightbearing?

TheOriginalFAB Tue 02-Aug-11 21:36:30

Dh is thinking growing pains (I am not) or that she could have jarred it when she came off her skate board but that was hours ago and she didn't complain at the time.

piratecat Tue 02-Aug-11 21:48:01

hiya, she may have jarred it or done something that's only showing up now?

can you refresh my memory of what she's had recently,was it a virus? may have the wrong person.

my dd9 had mesenteric adenitis recently (lymph glands in intestine), and when this went after two week, had immediate pain that was severe in her knee, or just below it. very peculiar. physio, said it 'could' be a post viral thing.
of course she had a growth spurt prob last year that affected her hip too, so i am not altogether sure it wasn't some random growth thing.

just thought i'd throw my twopence worth in!!

TheOriginalFAB Tue 02-Aug-11 22:04:13

She hasn't been poorly lately. I am going to bed now so will check on her.


TheOriginalFAB Wed 03-Aug-11 08:37:48

I need more help please.

She says it really hurts to stand on the leg and won't try and walk. Have given her ibruprofen - how long does that take to work please? I was going to see if it helped and if not ring the doctor or the osteopath.

Ben10isthespawnofthedevil Wed 03-Aug-11 08:45:42

Definitely within the hour Fab.

moonbells Wed 03-Aug-11 08:53:33

OK if she has come off a skateboard and has previously seen an osteo for problems, perhaps it's sciatica? That manifests as pain down the back and side of the upper leg (and bad pain at that). Does it also reach down the back of the calf muscle?

I would get her to A&E. Forget GP!

TheOriginalFAB Wed 03-Aug-11 09:10:10

Right, the meds worked within 20 minutes and she said it doesn't hurt as much now and she can walk on it. DH wants to stick with the nurofen and see how she goes. I am not sure tbh. I always think taking pain relief is masking a real problem but I could be wrong.

Ben10isthespawnofthedevil Wed 03-Aug-11 10:10:33

Fab, I do tend to agree with you. I would let her take the nurofen for a few days and then if it is still agonising with no medication, then see someone.

piratecat Wed 03-Aug-11 10:40:40

the initial pain on waking was what my dd had. we did 2 weeks of pain relief, and her problem eased day by day.

it's a tough call, i totally sympathise with not knowing what's the best to do.

saggarmakersbottomknocker Wed 03-Aug-11 12:26:02

Ibuprofen isn't just pain relief though - it's an anti-inflammatory so if it's muscular it will be helping with the root cause of the pain. I'd give it a couple of days if it's eased with ibuprofen (keep giving it as the anti-inflammatory effect will build) and then see how it it is.

TheOriginalFAB Wed 03-Aug-11 16:02:15

Okay, here we are. DD really wanted to go shopping and spend her birthday money and as she didn't mention her leg I didn't either. She hasn't mentioned it since so I haven't given her any more medicine. We have to go out soon to pick up her brothers and will then come home so we will be home if anything else happens. Should I give her more meds now or wait until she complains of pain?

<rubbish at knowing when to medicate mum>

SunshineYellow Wed 03-Aug-11 16:27:35

How long ago since she had the last nurofen?

TheOriginalFAB Wed 03-Aug-11 19:12:37

She had some about half 8 this morning and she has been fine since. She is at my MIL's tonight and I have left nurofen in case.

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