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chronic leg aches in calves

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 51,461
My daughter is 13 years old. For years she has complained, to the point of tears of leg aches. She is tall and growing fast so I just assumed it was growing pains, but after the years past and it seemed to worsen I took her to the doctor he told me that growing pains occur in the bones her pain is in her calf muscles even sometimes in her upper arms. The pain is intense aching not a cramp. It happens almost every night and even in the day. It is worse when she has been doing alot of walking or when she gets tired. We have tried a banana a day, it did not help. The doctor suggest potassium and if that does not work he will take blood. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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  • Hi aeaasl and welcome to Spine Health. Though I know nothing about your daughters condition I just wanted to say that I hope the doctor can figure out whats wrong. It's the worst thing in the world when our children are hurting and we can't help them. Good luck to you and your daughter!
  • ... when I was around that age, a looooong time ago. I had very bad growing pains in my thighs and hips, it felt like severe burning. I don't know if this is what your daughter has, but it was pretty bad. The good news is that it went away by the time I was about 15 and my growth had slowed.

    I hope that's all it is... Good Luck!
  • One of my friends daughters had been complaining of leg pain and finally she took her to see her chiro. The chiro ordered xrays from the hospital and they found she had a decent case of scoliosis growing. She is also tall (5'10 at 15) her father is almost 7'. The chiro put her in orthotics for the time being and hopefully her spine will straighten.

    Julie
  • My daughter, age 18, also has had leg pain since about age 10, when she began her growth spurt. I always assumed that hers was also growing pains. Her pain is worse if she stands or walks slowly (like shopping at a mall) for an hour or two. At play practice last year, she came home in tears every evening because the pain was so bad-- especially in her calf area. She is also tall, 5'9" and has always been a skinny kid. Would love to keep in touch with you. Maybe together we can help figure out what is going on here.
  • could she possibly have fibromyalgia? There are a lot of teens who have been diagnosed now. I have pain regularly in my left calf muscle. It hurts if I walk too fast. I have pain all over the place and have 16 of the 18 tender points. I read a book where they say that many kids who have had what was thought of as growing pains was in reality fibromyalgia. Of course, I certainly hope she doesn't b/c while I've had symptoms for years, I can't imagine being 13 and having to live the rest of my life like this! It's horrendous but not bad with the right pain meds!
  • Their leg pains were awful, and again they were growing.

    Something that really helped me at the beginning of all my health issues was a strong dose of magnesium and malic acid; it's great for muscles, and I don't believe there's anything that would be harmful. Check it out at a health food store or pharmacy to make sure, but it really did relieve the aches in MY muscles.

    Good luck; I remember a lot of sleepless nights with my three boys (one of which ended up at 6 feet 8 inches tall, I might add!! No wonder his legs hurt!).

    Tracy
  • Calcium problems can cause leg pains as well. Good Luck, Sue
  • I had the same pains growing up and so did my 12 year old daughter. I started her with the potassium supplements. But it was the calcium/Mag/Vitamin D supplements with the potassium supplements that finally did it. She has to take them twice a day but no more leg cramps.
  • I completely know what you're talking about and your frustration. I, my sister, and my little brother had severe leag aches as children starting from age 2 until about 19. Now my two sons have the same "thing". I've tried everything. Most doctors suggest potassium, magnesium, calcium etc... I think it's something different. I've tried to get my boys to drink more water...but not sure if that's it. My boys are ages 2 and 4. They both started to get leg aches at age 2. My 4 year old seems to be getting them every night now. the only thaing that works to leviate his pain is motrin. If I just massage his leg to get rid of the pain, it comes back every 2 hours. I hate having to give him meds every day. Maybe it's an allergy to protein? maybe it's something where we can't digest certain foods well? All I know is that it passes down from generation to generation and it is not regular growing pains. if you find out anything, please let me know. The reason I found your message is because I too am in search of an remedy.

    Tandy
  • i know what you guys mean. i have had the same proplem for 2 years now (i am 20) and every day it gets worse, now its to the point where its hard to even think. its like a headache in the legs/calfs that doesnt go away. no pain killers or drugs work for me. it feels worst when standing and while walking. if i stand for to long my legs colaps. my legs are so weak and get weaker each day. if anyone finds a cure it will save my life.
  • I search the internet just to find out some simple ways to find cure for my niece leg and calf pains. I never thought that lots of people are having problems regarding this. She started having this unknown leg pains then she was about 2yrs old. She cannot speak out what kind of pain she was having. She was screaming and crying because of the unbearable pain. I thought it's just what others has, growing pains maybe. But as she was getting older, the attack severes. I thought she maybe needing of some excersize. I let her run, play at school, jump. Just to let her enjoy her childhood. But now, she's 9yrs. old. Still, the attack continues. I can't barely seeing her screaming and crying. When this happens, i gave her massage and a hot compress to the aching part of her leg. It temporarily gives relief. But i'm bother everytime she's in pain. I still don't know the cause of this. Thanks for your sharings. May God bless us all.
  • I search the internet just to find out some simple ways to find cure for my niece leg and calf pains. I never thought that lots of people are having problems regarding this. She started having this unknown leg pains then she was about 2yrs old. She cannot speak out what kind of pain she was having. She was screaming and crying because of the unbearable pain. I thought it's just what others has, growing pains maybe. But as she was getting older, the attack severes. I thought she maybe needing of some excersize. I let her run, play at school, jump. Just to let her enjoy her childhood. But now, she's 9yrs. old. Still, the attack continues. I can't barely seeing her screaming and crying. When this happens, i gave her massage and a hot compress to the aching part of her leg. It temporarily gives relief. But i'm bother everytime she's in pain. I still don't know the cause of this. Thanks for your sharings. May God bless us all.
  • I remember when we were young, my sister had leg pains, "growing pains", in both of her legs. My mother sat up all night to rub a pain cream (can't remember what kind), and massage her legs. She suffered the leg pains for few years. This was almost 30 years ago and not much could be done. Luckily, she grew out of the pain.

    She is only 5'1" tall.

    I am sorry that you have to witness your daughter suffer. I hope that you can get a second opinion for alternative treatments.

    Good luck!
  • I would suggest you get her checked for scoliosis. It could be a "mild" case that her GP is missing.
  • My son is 16 years old and has chronic leg aches for the past 3 1/2 years. He has pain everyday. The pain is worse when he is sitting. It is worse when it is warm/hot out or warm in the house. He has missed so much school and his childhood. The leg pain started as Osgood Schlatter's Disease. That healed but his right leg atrophied to the point where he had to learn how to walk all over again. His limp is gone and his leg is almost equal in size to the other leg. We have seen 8 doctors, mri's, blood work, x-rays, nerve conduction test many other tests. Some say he will outgrow this. His last dr. put him on medicine for restless leg syndrome but does not know if that is the problem. It helps "sometimes". I am at a loss as to help my son. Is there anyone out there who has a child who has this or a similar problem. I am desperate to cure him.
  • It has been a while since you posted and I'm curious if you'd found anything out about your daughter. She sounds almost exactly what mine is going through. She's tall. Calf pain that aches mostly after walking or standing. It also bothers her going to sleep. It's really horrible and I hope we find out what it is. She is seeing a specialist - orthopedic doctor next month. They ran blood work to see if she was lacking vitamins, but all were ok.
  • I've have searched and searched for this info !
    I'm 37 and I suffer the exact calve pain you are all talking of ! I'm at my wits end it's destroying my life they hurt soo much :( I've just come of 35 mg transtec patches and oral morphine and been put on 37 mg of fentanyl patches they are good for my pain but I struggle when they are ready tone changed .
    I have heat pads tens machines circulation boosters massagers all to try and help relieve the pain ! I wish somebody could diagnose my pain and help me :( , I struggled when I was young too my dad used to wrap wet bandages round my calves to ease it glad I'm not alone :( well I'm not glad I feel for us all
  • TracyLynneTTracyLynne Posts: 603
    edited 03/18/2013 - 10:49 PM
    To Dolores and mbp - All three of my boys suffered terribly with 'growing pains' when they were young, especially after extremely busy days. My eldest also had Osgood Schlatter, and after a session with physio he got his knee in order and everything else eventually settled.

    Osler, do you have enough calcium and magnesium in your diet? Also, do you take stomach protectants at all? I was on Cimetidine for a couple of years and began to have horrendous leg pain and spasms ('charlie horse'); I was reading a book on Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain and came across a section dealing with some known causes for spasms. Cimetidine was one of the first causes, and when I went off it, my spasms all but disappeared.

    Tracy
  • Mvb2717MMvb2717 Posts: 1
    edited 12/31/2014 - 6:27 AM
    I've had leg aches since I was a child and were told they were growing pains... I'm 33 and still have them. As a child they were so painful that I'd sometimes just lay in bed and cry; the pain was usually from hip to ankle in both legs, but sometimes just the calves. Hot baths and/or Tylenol would help, eventually.
    I still experience these pains and have found that it usually occurs when I go from being in a cold environment to hot, or vice versa. I wish I knew how to get rid of them permanently or just knew what the cause was! As an adult I have developed sciatica; I wonder if the two are connected? I hope I can find an answer soon... I'm used to the pain after over 20 years but it still hurts.
  • A child with constant/years of growing pains may well be hypermobile. Looser joints die to stretcher collagen means the muscles have to work much harder-hence aching calves, night cramps etc. this can be hypermobilty syndrome or if it affects other systems then Ehlers Danlos (tummy troubles, fainting/high heart rate when standing-see POTS in EDS, increase prolapse, possible skin signs but not always). See Beighton score and Brighton criteria. Some Dr will say u can't treat it but it can be v well managed with hydrotherapy and Physio directed at strengthening key stabilising muscles. Not doing so if the child does have EDS might mean later in life ending up with early osteoarthritis and potentially subluxations/dislocations of joints-especially if they gradually or suddenly decrease activity. I had growing pains all my childhood, then got an CFS diagnosis after GF put me in bed (lost muscle mass) and only at 31 has it finally all been recognised as EDS with POTS causing fatigue.
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