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Growing Pains In Adults
No: "growing pains" is a misnomer since it is not caused by growing--it is a benign non-inflammatory, non-injury-related musculoskeletal pain that affects children. You can get non-inflammatory musculoskeletal pain as an adult but it's never referred to as growing pains. Joint hypermobility syndrome is a major cause of benign joint pain in kids and is likely present in adults also. See your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Growing Pains (Definition)
Growing pains usually occur in younger children, approximately age 3-5 years of age, but also may occur again in the 8-10 year age range. It refers to pain in the limbs and joints (especially the legs) of children. Growing pains, while associated with physical discomfort, are not harmful nor are they reflective of a disease process. They last a few minutes and are not generally associated with growing or growth spurts. These pains may actually wake the child from sleep, but in contrast to disease processes or abnormal signs, growing pains are usually soothed by touch or massage (whereas pain resulting from a disease state is often unaffected or worsened). ...Read more
Growing Pains: These pains are called "growing pains" because they occur during growth spurts. Tendons and ligaments don't stretch well so when a child grows quickly this can cause some discomfort. The pain is where the tendons attach it is usually just above or below the knee. No limping or pain during the day, just at night. Can be either or both legs and more activity during the day means more pain at night, . ...Read more
Oncologist can help: A pediatric oncologist is needed to decide what to do with a soft tissue sarcoma. Whether the sarcoma is slow growing and low grade, or bad and aggressive, can sometimes vary from teen to teen. The nonrhabdomyosarcoma soft tissue sarcomas (nrstss) are about 4% of childhood cancers. Many names include dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, synovial sarcoma, alveolar soft part sarcoma, fibrosarcoma, etc.. ...Read more
Very common: Push on your chest wall. Most likely it's pain in the anterior chest wall. If you aren't dizzy or having an irregular heart beat, and there's no family history of heart disease, it's likely musculoskeletal. Pain where the ribs meet the sternum. Push hard there and see if you can elicit the pain. Bring this up to your doc as well to confirm the diagnosis, and call immediately if heart concerns. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Until centers close: Both genders can grow taller until their growth centers close. An x-ray of the wrist/hand has many growth centers & is the standard way to determine state of growth & predict when or verify that the growth centers have closed. For males this can be from 15-20 but is usually 17-18. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe not: It depends on where the pain is. Growing pains are typically along the front of the legs and are typicaly at night. They do not last long, should not cause limping, redness or swelling. If the pain is more persistent or is in multiple places, then i would rec you see your doc. ...Read more
Lots of achiness in both legs; feels better when messaged. Feels like growing pains. Are there rare events where adults can get growing pains? I'm 39.
Are there any genetic disorders that cause growth spurts in adults? My brother grew one inch around his mid20s or so. I gained 3 inches in my late30s.
Unknown phenomenon: please document as best as possible these growth spurts, because as far as I know, they have never been reported in the medical literature. Any University Hospital with a bone dysplasia clinic would be intereted. Currently, the only way to increase height in a person with significant short stature is to break their long bones, and attach a metal rig which can be increased about 1 mm/day. ...Read more
Months: I am not sure what you mean from the expression"how fast they grow". If you mean from begining to onset of symptoms, it is difficult to tell yet it is longer than weeks...It is more like months to years. Yet once the tumor has formed, it can create serious trouble in a matter of weeks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My nine year old soon periodically complains of pain in the back of his legs at night (knees/calves). Are these growing pains?
Pain in legs 9yrs ol: Yes thats more likely, but do check with your pediatrician, as it can be other conditions as well. ...Read more
A variety of sarcoma: Sarcomas are malignant tumor, but many may grow slowly, but they may spread to other parts of body such as lungs, brain, and bones. It is not very important to have the precise name of the tumor, but very imporatnet to have it treated as soon as possible. ...Read more
Heard of adult--decades past end of puberty--suddenly start growing taller again, 2 growth spurts in fact. Any truth to those claims? Cause of that?
No: That does not happen in real life, only in the online world. In real life, when teens and young adults stop growing taller, they stop growing taller. ...Read more
Has experienced aches in legs especially backs of knees. She is 15yrs old and only around 5ft tall. Could these be growing pains?
Growing pains: As far as I know 'Growing pains' is a Dr term for I don't know what it is. ...Read more
Heel pain in young children my 5year old daughter keeps complaining of pain in her left heel and big toe. It seems worst when we are out in the cold?
Foot Pain: Must have history to be able to narrow this down. How long has this been going on? 6 months or a week? Does she have a blister or any redness overlying the sore area. Is the complaint only outside in the cold? Or is it only with walking? Does it wake her up at night? Is it worsening over time? or is it a stable complaint? Does she have fever? a limp? OK to try tylenol (acetaminophen) for a week, needs eval by doc ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ongoing growing pains?
I'm 17 and currently experiencing the same growing pains as a child. But it's not my joints, it's in the middle of my bones.
Common in youth: Bone pains, especially in longer bones of arms and legs are common in youth. Since there is no detectable medical cause, these are generally considered a part of growing or termed as growing pains. You should make sure get annual checks to check your hemoglobin as anemia can also cause these which can be easily treated with oral iron supplementation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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