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Constant leg pain, 24 years old. Best way to describe it would be "growing pains". My knees hurt in side as well, and my achilles.

Constant leg pain, 24 years old. Best way to describe it would be "growing pains". My knees hurt in side as well, and my achilles.

Leg pains: To provide you with an accurate assessment, there would need to be more questions answered (ex: exact location of pain/any radiating? Things that make it better/worse, etc. There can be many causes of leg and Achilles pains. I suggest consulting with your primary care doctor or initiating a consult through HealthTap so that more information can be obtained and a proper assessment provided. ...Read more

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


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I'm having adult growing pains in my knees. It's normally one knee at a time and it's random. I used to get them as a child, but now i'm 22.

I'm having adult growing pains in my knees. It's normally one knee at a time and it's random. I used to get them as a child, but now i'm 22.

See details: These are not growing pains. This is knee pain. Have the issue evaluated. Btw there is little hard evidence to support the concept of growing pains at any age. ...Read more

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I'm a 20 year old competitive middle distance runner and I noticed a couple days after a workout I felt growing pains in my knee, whats the cause?

You Have Kneesles: There are many potential causes of your pain & to know for sure would require a physical exam that puts your knee through various positions as well as palpation of certain areas of the knee.If you had said where the pain is and what motions or positions made it worse you might have gotten an educated guess. but,alas, you didn't.So go see a sports doc.In the meantime, chill;at least back off a bit ...Read more

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I am a 21 year old female and I am having growing pains and my knees are aching. Does this mean i'm getting taller?

I am a 21 year old female and I am having growing pains and my knees are aching. Does this mean i'm getting taller?

Probably not : Most girls stop growing around age fourteen. A few will continue to grow for a couple more years. To be growing at 21, would be very, very rare. The source of your aches and pains is likely unrelated to your previous growing pains. If they are severe or are interfering with your life, consult am orthopaedist. ...Read more

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Can growing pains occur in your knees/kneecaps?

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

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My knee really hurts. I didn't do anything to hurt it. Last night it hurt so bad like a mix between growing pains and i broke my knee. I'm 17 so.

Need to be examained: It can be arthritis due to infection or other reasons , do you have swelling? Can you pinpoint which side of your knee is painful ? You need to see a doctor. There are many causes, and it is difficult to pinpoint a diagnosis without proper history and examination. ...Read more

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My 6yr old daughter is complaining of pain on the back of her knee. Could this be "growing pains" or something more?

Orthopaedic evaluate: Children with knee pain deserve a thorough orthopaedic evaluation if the pain lasts more than a few days and certainly if there is pain while at rest during the night. Your child's pain is most likely a mild strain, but only a thorough musculoskeletal examination will answer this question with more certainty. ...Read more

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My 9 year old son complains of pain behind his knees or between his toes once in a while. Are these growing pains?

My 9 year old son complains of pain behind his knees or between his toes once in a while. Are these growing pains?

No: It does not sound like growing pains. I would recommend a visit to the doctor. Pain in anyone is never good and deserves to be checked out. The two locations you mention are not anatomical regions of "growing pains"which typically occur at secondary growth centers of bones. ...Read more

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