Tutor Posted February 15, 2008 Share Posted February 15, 2008 We were having dinner at a friend's house tonight, and my 7yo ds came to me crying that his leg hurt and the other was achy but not as bad as the one that hurt. He has been complaining periodically that his legs are "too wiggly" at night for him to get to sleep (I'd say once every two weeks or so). Our friends happen to be a general internist and RN couple so they both checked him out and diagnosed growing pains (probably mild shin splints just below the growth plates of his upper legs) given his current symptoms and the complaint of "wiggly legs" on previous occasions. They both recommended light massage, Tylenol, ice (if he was awake when we got home, he wasn't) and if it still bothers him in the morning, take him to the doctor to make sure he didn't pull something or if there was something they missed (no broken bones detected). The MD said if it was growing pains/ shin splints, it would come back occasionally at night but our ds would appear fine during the day although if shin splints it may flare up with a lot of physical activity. He also said that this level of pain would probably be what ds would feel each time it flared up. All this to say, has anyone BTDT? None of my other kids have had it to this extreme. They have all had some achiness, but that is all. He was out-and-out bawling from the pain (which the MD said was relatively common) and it just broke my heart. (My ds was also over-tired; he actually said that he was more tired than hurting.) Would you recommend massaging his legs every night before he went to bed whether he had pain or not? Any other tips from what helped your kids? I also just need to know that "this too shall pass" and that he'll grow out of it. (Assuming he wakes up feeling fine.) Thanks for listening and for any suggestions. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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