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chronic leg aches in calves

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
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!


  • 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!
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  • 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.

  • 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!
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  • 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!).

  • 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.

  • 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.
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