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dd2 woke up with painful leg yesterday which is causing her to limp.now she's got painful arm too...on the same side

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symptomchecker Mon 13-Oct-08 09:16:43

i've sent her to school but keep wondering if i've done the right thing.
i presumed her leg pain was a "growing pain" as dd1 had woken up with x 2 legs with the same pain...still got it too but doesn't appear to be limping.this morning,dd2 started with a painful arm aswell.

symptomchecker Mon 13-Oct-08 09:17:47

what's worrying me is that apparently,"growing pains"don't cause limping...is this true?

I would imagine that if a child has growing pains in a leg he/she would limp to favour that leg. It is a natural human reaction, no?
Ds is suffering from growing pains at the moment in his left leg. It does not stop him running around with his friends but when walking along side me he will complain of a sore leg and limp a little for added effect.

ggglimpopo Mon 13-Oct-08 09:33:53

how old is she?

symptomchecker Mon 13-Oct-08 09:36:43

Well,I must admit,i thought it was natural to limp when in pain.just when you read things,it scares you a bit doesn't it?plus,when she twisted her ankle once,the Doc told me that they have to take "a sudden limp"seriously.she does have pain at the TOP of her leg though.she did go swimming as per usual yesterday and it didn't bother her then.just walking,going up and down stairs and bending seem to be troubling her.now she's got the painful arm too.

symptomchecker Mon 13-Oct-08 09:37:20

she's eight and a half-nearly smile

pushki Mon 13-Oct-08 17:06:22

True 'growing pains' i.e. those horrible pains in legs that wake them up, crying etc wouldn't cause a limp in the daytime - they typically just occur at night and children are normally absolutely fine in the day. 'Mechanical aches and pains' due to the effects of growing are quite common in some children and can occur during the day, but still a limp should be checked out properly.Don't mean to worry you unecessarily, I'm a paeds physio, just would get her checked out if the limp and the arm pain continues.

LIZS Mon 13-Oct-08 18:09:22

have they had colds recently ? Perhaps a post viral joint inflammation.

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