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    Growing Pains
    An_222248 posted:
    I have a 5 year old boy that has been having back pain since he was 2.5 years old. He has had 5 x-rays, an MRI and multiple physical exams. He has a slight scoliosis, which has already been ruled out as a cause for pain.

    He has been scene by the orthopedic surgeon twice and she strongly believes that it is growing pains; manifesting in his back. Causing pain there rather than in his legs where most children feel the pain.

    Has anyone had similar experiences and have any recommendations? Maybe a condition that I can bring up to the doctor for discussion?

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    Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Here's an article addressing your very question:

    Growing Pains: When Should Parents Worry?

    To note:

    If your child develops certain symptoms, it's wise to notify your child's doctor. Worrisome symptoms that might indicate that something other than growing pains and something more serious may be going on include:

    • Persistent pain, pain in the morning or swelling, tenderness, and redness in a joint
    • Joint pain associated with an injury
    • Limping, weakness, or unusual tiredness
    Please let us know what you think!

    rmsavellano replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Thank you, I will read the article. I am concerned but I don't want to make it a big deal in case the doctor is right. I cannot argue with the fact that they have done the tests, taken the symptoms seriously and just cannot find anything.

    Thank you again,
    MrsWhiteCastle replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Thanks for that link. Emily has been complaining of her knees/legs hurting at night for months. The pedi said it was growing pains, but it does start to worry you after weeks and weeks of it.
    Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to MrsWhiteCastle's response:
    My 6 year old had a very, very painful leg cramp a few nights ago - I called the pediatrician and she thought that it was a general muscle cramp, not related to growing that could be the result of dehydration or lack of potassium.

    I had wicked leg cramps with my 2nd pregnancy. Here's more info on nighttime leg cramps that might have suggestions that can help your LO:

    fiannakyn replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
    I had slight scoliosis as a child related to having Cerebral Palsy. I recently got a copy of my childhood medical records including my mother's notes (she's a special ed teacher so keep detailed notes as if it was an ongoing evaluation) She noted that I complained about back pain as a very young child, but never leg pain. The Doc's notes indicated they thought it was growing pains as well.

    I am now an adult and out grew the scoliosis (thanks to physical therapy), I also have a very long torso. As in its 6 inches longer than the avarage for my height. When I brought this up along with the "growing pains in the back" to a specialist recently he said it most likely WAS growing pains cause at the time, 1) I was growing a lot more in the torso area than in my legs, and 2) my back was sensitive to changes due to the scoliosis and Cerebral Palsy. He said that he saw reports of back pain in almost every child with Scoliosis, regardless of the severity.

    so my vote is going ot be growing pains, but I wouldnt just ignore it going forward either. If he's not already in physical therapy for the scoliosis, talk to the orthopeadic to see if it could help stregnthen his back to help straighten the spine.
    Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to fiannakyn's response:
    fiannakyn - Thank you so much for sharing your story! I'm glad you grew out of your scoliosis - is that typical?

    My mom recently passed away and I don't recall seeing my medical records anywhere. I'll have to take a 2nd look, there might be some interesting insight into my own daughters health.

    jennston replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Definitely have verything checked, I myself had patello femoral syndrome since 15, my mom had me checked by a Dr. who said it is just growing pains and here I am 32 and having 2 knee surgeries because of not being sent to a specialist and being diagnosed.
    rmsavellano replied to fiannakyn's response:
    Thank you so much, that really helps. Not only is it a relief to know that there actually is someone else that had the same problem, but that it worked out fine. It is fustrating when every time I try to do research on his "growing pains" all the information out there is related to legs.

    Thank you for taking the time!

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