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my nephew and growing pains

Discussion in 'Parents Off Topic' started by hmmmcormick, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. hmmmcormick

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    My nephew is 12 yrs. old and very tall. He was diagnosed a little over a year ago with osgood/schlatter syndrome and then also with sever's disease. He has walked funny, with a sort of limp for about the last year or so. He has exercises and stretches that he does, but not regularly. All this time, for over a year, he has been in pain, sometimes a lot of pain. He take motrin for it, but at best it dulls the pain or takes the edge off. The g.p. that sees him has been telling my sister that this pain is just growing pains. He has been in to see the dr. several times for the pain, he had a sprained knee just last week. He started playing football this fall and has been in severe pain. He cries it hurts so much. He says it is a burning pain, feels like his legs are cracking. Finally the g.p. has suggested seeing someone else, an orthopedic specialist. Do you all think this sounds like just growing pains?

    Thanks for helping on this. My sister and her husband are butting heads on this as he thinks Nathan is exaggerating and doesn't want him to see a specialist. :(
     
  2. Midwestmomma

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    If its been going on this long...id say it isnt growing pains, and seeing a specialist is a good idea.

    I know when my kids have had growing pains, they dont last very long, maybe a few days at a time, and usually for them taking Tylenol or whatever will help with the pain. And I usually end up rubbing their legs usually with lotion to soothe it a little...or calm them down at least.
     
  3. kiwikid

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    Rachel also has Sever's. It is related to growing, but it is much more than the usual 'growing pains'.. My older 2 had the normal growing pains which seems to be more muscle ache than bone. Rachel has terribly sore heels at times especially after a game of rugby, and walks on tippy toes and runs flatfooted and nearly cries with pain... (shes pretty darn tough :rolleyes: )
    If it has gone on this long then I'd get him to see the specialist ..
    I had Chondromalacia Patella as a teenager and it wasn't nice. He needs to be checked out for other things :cwds:
     
  4. hmmmcormick

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    That's another thing, he can't stand for you to touch him when it is hurting. If you try to massage his legs he says it makes it hurt worse.
     
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    I have no idea what those dx's are, but Sarah kept complaining of pain in her arm. Long story short, we finally went to the orthopedic specialist and her growth plate in her elbow was cracked. How she managed that is still a mystery, but it happened.

    It won't hurt anything to take him, and have things ruled out, whereas if "something" is wrong, it could hurt him in the long run.
     
  6. Becky Stevens mom

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    Holly, Harry is 12 and very tall for his age. Last year he would complain of some aching in his legs more at bedtime then any other time but it never got severe and he only needed Tylenol occasionally. I think they need to take your nephew to a pediatric specialist for this kind of pain. Im concerned that all the Motrin may harm his stomach. There may be some other type of medication or therapy that can help. I hope they get this figured out for that poor fella:(
     
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    Holly, I agree that your nephew should see the specialist. This has gone on long enough and if a 12 yr old boy is crying from pain, you know it hurts.
     
  8. lynn

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    I have a daughter who just turned 13. She suffered greatly from growing pains on and off for over a year. We finally got the pediatrician angry at us and he sent us to an ortho. After several appointments with him she was sent to a rheum. and diagnosed with arthritis a couple of months ago.

    I wish I had pushed harder earlier. I think that you are on the right track bringing him to a specialist.
     
  9. PatriciaMidwest

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    My daughter has Osgood/Schlatter as well. It is very painful when it acts up, but then we go into periods of feeling fine. She was a competitive ice skater which is very hard on your knees, and ultimately decided to take a break from that sport. It is better now. She plays volleyball and other sports without problems.

    If he is in chronic pain and limping for over a year he needs to see a specialist. The limping may be his way of compensating for the pain he feel but it also throws their body out of alignment which can cause other problems down the road.
     
  10. tbcarrick

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    Personally,I would take him to a pediatric ortho.My son had extreme pain,and
    when we finally took him to a pediatric ortho he was diagnosed with a hip
    disability....So on the hind site 20/20,I would have taken him months earlier.
    Could be nothing,but better to be safe than sorry.Hope everything works
    out for him:)
     
  11. zakksmom

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    Go with your gut.. I agree with the others if its been going on for over 2 weeks take him to a specialist or to another GP-my non d 20 year old grew over a foot in 3 months he hurt pretty bad but it was off and on and given his obvious growth spurt we knew it was growing pains.. but for some reason Dads always want the boys to just walk it off..or well, theres no blood or I dont see any bones sticking out anywhere.. lol until something serious comes out of the scenerio like Zakk's d and then he was like oh sheet.. I guess you were right in taking him on in huh??
     

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