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Are "growing pains" in legs a real thing? I get horrible muscle pains in legs at night from time to time. I'm 18. Normal?

Are "growing pains" in legs a real thing? I get horrible muscle pains in legs at night from time to time. I'm 18. Normal?

Not entirely normal: Growing pains are real, but they are not typically severe. If you are having cramps in the muscles of your legs (they would feel hard/tight) then you might have low potassium. Add a banana or two to your daily diet- they are a good source of potassium. ...Read more

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Hi doc my son 8 years old had asthma attack and still have cough for a week now. Had muscle pains on his right leg . Having fever at night, what is it?

Hi doc my son 8 years old had asthma attack and still have cough for a week now. Had muscle pains on his right leg . Having fever at night, what is it?

Presuming that he: is already taking his asthma medications ( bronchodilators,inhaled steroids/ tablets, singular , fever meds and perhaps allergy meds), persistent coughing with fever at night / muscle pain on the leg may possibly mean bacterial infection on top of a viral infection. He needs to be re-evaluated for additional meds or dose adjustments. ...Read more

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My son is 3 and complains of leg pains at night!what should I do?

Comfort measures: Reassure yourself and your child that night leg pains are usually harmless. Warm compresses, massage, and tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin should help. When there is time, confirm with your child's pediatrician that he is just suffering from growing pains. ...Read more

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I've got degenerative disk disease and suffer every night from nerve pains in my legs. I've got not slept in week. Help please?

I've got degenerative disk disease and suffer every night from nerve pains in my legs. I've got not slept in week. Help please?

OK: There are lots of things that can help. You need to find out if you have any other conditions that might be affecting you. You may need to see a specialist like a neurologist or a physiatrist. I see lots of people with the same complaint. Rarely do people require surgery. Most end up benefiting from a combination of physiotherapy and medications. I like to use Gabapentin (patients like it ). ...Read more

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What can cause leg pain in a 5 year old? It wakes him at night, screaming. Thought growing pains but only grew an inch in a year.

What can cause leg pain in a 5 year old? It wakes him at night, screaming. Thought growing pains but only grew an inch in a year.

Leg pain: His pain is not due to growing. There could be a variety of causes causing him pain. He needs an examination by his pediatrician including blood work and possible xrays. ...Read more

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9 year old complaining of leg pain and headached in the morning and at night. Could this be growing pains or something more serious?

Childhood pain: You should take your child to the doctor so he/she can examine him. It might be nothing serious, but maybe the doctor will want to order some lab tests. ...Read more

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I have severe bilateral lower leg pain, it happens every night and feels very similar to growing pains.. I'm 21, can I still be having growing pains?

I have severe bilateral lower leg pain, it happens every night and feels very similar to growing pains.. I'm 21, can I still be having growing pains?

Not likely: I would encourage you to have an exam and appropriate radiologic studies. It would be highly unlikely that someone in their 20s would experience "growing pains"; in part because the vast majority of 20 year olds have completed their growth. Thank you for your question. ...Read more