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Jade in Stayton, OR
Aug. 4, 2018

My oldest son who is 15, has been experiencing growing pains recently. He's never had them before and they are only happening in one leg. Should I be concerned and see a doctor or am I just being paranoid? Any help/advice would be much appreciated :)

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Amber in Ball, LA
Aug. 4, 2018

I rub a small amount of vapor rub on the spot aching and I will wrap a large tube sock around the area to keep pressure on his knees. Then I place a small heating pad over his knees! This helps with the pain! Do not use the tube sock to keep the heating pad in place that could burn your child.

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They probably are growing pains but i would still take him and get him checked.You would be on the safe side and also have a peace of mind.They are always are babies.

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Based off some research that I've done, when a child usually had growing pains, they are usually in both legs and if they are occurring in only one leg that could possibly be a sign of a more serious condition. I think in this situation it's better to be safe than sorry. So I would say take him to a doctor just to be on the safe side.

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Hi, I hope you are having a blessed day. My son started to complain about "growing pains" last year. He would mention them (knee pain) after he had played sports for a few hours or after running around. I did not take them (the pain) or him seriously and dismissed it. I typically said the pain was related to playing basketball for two+ hours. After a few months, his knee pain had affected his ability to play sports. We went to a specialist and he was diagnosed with Osgood-Schlatter disease. The physician stated it was common. Basically, my son's bones were growing faster than his body can handle (i.e., the growing pains). My son was referred to a physical therapist and wore a knee brace for a few weeks (during basketball practice). He's doing great. You should definitely consult your son's pediatrician in order to prevent a major injury. Good luck!!!

Jade in Stayton, OR
Aug. 4, 2018

Thank you very much! My son plays basketball too as well as football. The pain was making him limp and he couldn't play any sports it was that bad so I took him to see his doctor. Turns out that it was actually an injury from playing sports. Last year he had a nasty injury on football and he has injured the same spot

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What kind of activities is he involved in? If he is pretty active, it could be something else. Maybe just bring it up at his next appointment and until then give Ibuprofen to help keep any swelling down and manage pain.

Jade in Stayton, OR
Aug. 4, 2018

He plays football and basketball and trains every day for at least 2 hours. I was getting really concerned so it took him in, turns out he had re injured his leg from last year

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When I was 15 years old, what I thought was growing pains for a couple of years before-hand and/or just soreness from my being aggressive during competitive sports turned out to be more than that... When I was almost 16 years old, my Mom found out I was crawling to the kitchen for ice packs in pain, so we spent the next 1.5 years going to doctors and specialized until I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (in no way am I saying that your son has JRA). Nor am I trying to worry you by any means... Depending on the severity of the pain and how long it's been bothering him (not to mention since he has never had them before), you may want to consider taking him in). And the fact that you are questioning it makes me think you won't get any sort of peace-of-mind about it until you take him in.

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Pain usually occurs in the both legs, especially thighs and calves, but may affect one leg at a time and vary which leg or part of the leg is affected. Pain in the arms is less common, but may occur in conjunction with leg pain. If the pain is localized to a single specific joint, it probably is not growing pains.

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well i think there is nothing for that. just hot tub or ice the are every 20 minutes at least that's what I got told by doctor I have teenagers

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Eda in Horsham, PA
Aug. 25, 2018

I don't know. Maybe the problems would be with the bone of his leg.

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Roman in Marietta, GA
Aug. 22, 2018

I think he should be fine but if the pain intenses I would consult a doctor.

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I'm 15 too and I still get growing pains. They can happen in one limb, two, or even both arms and legs. I think you should check it out only if the pain doesn't go away after a day or two, he has a fever, or he recently hurt his leg. For now, a warm/hot compress and just relaxing in bed helps a lot!

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I had growing pains until I was 14 and my brothers are 16 and still get them!

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When i was his age i had the same exact thing! my joints seemed to ache all the time. My mother, who is a nurse, had me ice whichever joint was in pain. I would keep the ice on for 20 minutes then off, then on, etc. This helped reduce the pain, however it was not a cure. No need to worry though, as long as the pain is not interfering with everyday activities i dont think you need to go to a doctor.

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See a doctor.

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When I was 15, I also used to experience the same growing pains in one leg, I would always go to my parents, but I didn't want them to take me to the hospital. So I would say not to worry, just put a hot towel or ice/hot pack where the pain is, and he will be good as new in no time.

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It is a right of passage and not much you can do. I have five grand kids ranging in age from twins - 14, boy - 13, two girls, 7 and 3. It's a roller coaster ride let me tell you, especially with the older ones. TheyTare simply different

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Yes!you should see a doctor because you never know .It is better to be safe than sorry.

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Megan in Boise, ID
Aug. 14, 2018

Always good to see a doctor to make sure there are no underlying issues!

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Why not see a doctor? Better safe than sorry.

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Every child goes through growing pains in their life. It is actually a good sign of growth, especially at that age. Unless it gets to be too painful or lasts for too long, he doesn't need to see a doctor. Just in case, make sure his diet and sleeping habits aren't affecting this.

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Laura in Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 13, 2018

I think your son is just fine! My oldest is 21 and my youngest is 14. This is a time of a lot of growth especially when our young men are sleeping. You could always follow up with a check with his pediatrician to be sure it is nothing serious. Peace & Love Laura Frances Zaki

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growing pains usually happen around this age and around the joints, like knees and elbows, but if its anything more than that i would go see a doctor, if not then just let it be it willl pass and their is no sense in wasting time and money on a doctor visit if the pain isn't that bad.

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Emily in Olathe, KS
Aug. 11, 2018

I would not be too concerned about this but would suggest you call your doctor's nurse and see what they would suggest. I would first have them stretch the legs and possibly use a heating pad to see if that helped.

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If you know for sure they are growing pains then I would just keep an eye on it. They go away after a while.

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Growing pains are natural! Temporary discomfort was common in every household I've sat in with teenagers. :) If the pain continues or becomes chronic, then I'd suggest seeing a doctor. Then you can give a more detailed encounter of when the pain first began, if it ever subsides, what it interferes with, etc. :)

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User in Conway, AR
Aug. 10, 2018

There's no harm in making an appointment to see your pediatrician. That's what I would do. Better safe than sorry.

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its normal i might think about seeing a doctor if it gets worse.

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I would see a doctor . Give him bananas Potassium is good for growing pains Also rub his leg it should help.

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I would schedule a doctors visit. Could be just growing pains but you need peace of mind.

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Growing pains are normal for the same reason that kids are growing up you can rely on your family doctor to easy off the pain

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User in Chicago, IL
Aug. 9, 2018

MY stepdaughter had that Same problem also and it was in both legs and it affected her joints, the pain was so painful she was not able to walk. it was very stressful for us and doctors did not have any answer until about 4 months with this pain we were lucky to get a good explanation why this was happening the doctor had observe that she was going through a growth spurt. growing very fast and her bones was growing but not her ligaments so the pressure caused the pain and discomfort. She was treated accordingly. So yes I think you should see a doctor because at first we just thought it was something simple and it was not.

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My son had growing pains as well when he was younger.The pain was also in his legs.I mentioned it to his Pediatrician at his next check up.Apparently it is very common and is nothing to worry about.He just said to give him a pain reliever such as Tylenol or Motrin.It also occurs when they are going through a growth spurt.

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When I was younger I experience the same thing! My mother often poured rubbing alcohol on a cloth/her hand and rubbed it on my leg before fanning it. When that didn't work she would wrap a heating pad around it. I know that different things work for different people, but I recommend trying either of those!

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growing pains are completely normal in kids his age . But as a parent if you feel you should seek medical attention then ide do what you thought was best

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If he's not functioning as a result of the pain, then see a doctor. Otherwise if he's doing his normal routine and doing fine, don't overthink it.

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User in Fremont, CA
Aug. 9, 2018

always check with the doctor to make sure that there is nothing wrong and if there is then at least it gets check up right away.

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No, do not be paranoid. Those are normal. Your son is never going to stop growing (it seems like). Men can continue to grow all the way up to their late 20's to early 30's. Sounds like your son won't be experiencing a late bloomer experience which is good! The Mayo Clinic would approve. :-)

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Yes, you should see a doctor and report everything that is going on with your son. Any change in his health is important.

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User in Corona, CA
Aug. 9, 2018

it is always smart to go see a doctor if the problem is happening for more than a few days just to be sure than everything is alright. just to be on the safe side

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Miranda in Guy, TX
Aug. 8, 2018

You should see a doctor. It might not be anything serious, but just to be sure. IT could also be he is growing.

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I tell parents to always confirm with a doctor (to rule out anything serious) in a non-emergency appointment. When growing pains are confirmed, I suggest something to distract the child until they pass. I suffered them myself so I'm very sympathetic.

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I think going to a doctor would be the best idea just to be on the safe side of things, and to see what's causing the pain, and what you can do to help him feel better.

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Mine child had gone threw this as well. Drinking lots of water helps n icing helps.. Never bad thing to double check with your doctor. To insure that is indeed source of pain.

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IF anything is different or abnormal I would defiantly get it looked at you don't want to over look something that can be fixed before it turns into something

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I would not be concerned at all. From what I have heard from an abundance of families over the years, and personally witnessed- this is not uncommon at all. Remind your youth that although it is a bit uncomfortable, that it is all just a part of (literally) growing up. Heads up- the other leg will soon to follow. They were made in pairs! :)

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Go the doctor.

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I would definitely go to the doctor to be safe. In my experience as a massage therapist, receiving massage treatments usually helps release the muscles tension caused by the bones growing faster.

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User in Chicago, IL
Aug. 8, 2018

I think you should talk with his Dr.

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Growing pains are pretty common at this age. It never hurts to ask the doctor (nothing paranoid about that!). You certainly want to double check that it isn't anything more serious. My daughter was the shortest girl starting in middle school, and ended up in 8th grade being one of the tallest girls at 5'9. The year from 7th-8th grade she grew 4 inches in one year between well visits. So there were bad growing pains in that year. Again, normal, but if the pains are really bad I don't think you are paranoid for asking the pediatrician about it. Good luck!

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ask a doctor

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Totally normal at his age. My son experienced this for a few years and I had to give leg massages just to help him sleep. Heat also works. Being a picky eater and low potassium was also an issue so I made sure he had things like bananas and oranges to eat all the time. That really helped!

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I would question any pains but I'd like to think its better to be sure then to blow it off has no big deal or something like that.

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I always say it doesn't hurt to call the doctor and ask. Better safe than sorry! Most likely, it's just normal growing pains associated with a growth spurt that hits most boys at this age. But if you feel like something could be wrong, it never hurt anyone to ask. Good luck!

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You should not be paranoid at all! It is a very regular occurrence, and I remember having growing pains until I was seventeen! (It is more common in boys, however, since they grow more and faster than girls.) We did see the doctor, but we were informed that it is normal, and not something worrisome. I would recommend that he take some Tylenol and drink plenty of fluids. It will become a problem though if he is experiencing a lot of swelling, heat, or intense pain.

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Kathryn
Aug. 7, 2018

My son had this issue. The outside muscles were developing faster than the inner muscles, causing the cushion in his knees to wear unevenly. A sports doctor was able to give him the needed therapy. Literal growing pains.

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Diara in Bronx, NY
Aug. 7, 2018

if you feel like anything is wrong with your child dont think twice take them to the doctors its better to be safe than sorry

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I also had the same issue with my youngest son. He was having pains for probably a week and a half when I decided to take him to the doctor. We were told that it was natural and the doctor suggested massaging the area and occasional warm compresses.

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Well first ask him what happen to his leg ,either he fall or twist, I advice to do first aid then observe if pain is gone ,if not its time to see a doctor to make sure thank you !!!

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My sister has experienced bad bouts of growing pains since she was in late elementary school. We asked our PCP once if there was anything to be concerned about and he told us that unless the pain got to where it was difficult for her to function or she couldn't at all (which would mean that something other than growing pains is actually going on). She just took some magnesium or a pain reliever when it was bothering her and has been just fine. It's normal to feel the pain in one area or another, nothing to worry about!

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He may have sciatica or restless leg syndrome. Either way using magnesium as a cream, spray or in a bath can help relieve some of the nerves in the body. Magnesium as a supplement at night can also be highly effective in calming the body.

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It's always better to be safe and get a doctors opinion especially if the pains continue for more than a few days. Also take into account the amount of pain that your child is in. If he is excruciating pain, by all means take him to the doctor, but if the pain is minimal and there are no other symptoms (scratching, bruising etc.) wait a few days to see if the pain dies down.

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Brenda in Foley, AL
Aug. 7, 2018

Has he/she been involved in strenuous activities, and accident or injury recently,or taking a new medication or nutritional supplement? You should contact the dr. for that medical advice.

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I guess it would depend on if the young man had engaged in any kind of sports or exerted himself prior. Asking teenagers typically helps understand the nature of the issue. If it persists after a few days, seeing a doctor could rule other issues out and give you piece of mind.

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No, I believe a second option from a qualified person is best go to the doctor and let them tell you that is the issue.

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User in Austin, TX
Aug. 7, 2018

If the pains are affecting his ability to play, sleep, and engage with others then I would suggest a call to the doctor. However, if they are in fact growing pains try putting warm compresses on his leg and talking him through how his body is changing and growing.

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he will be fine. just massage it for a bit and apply warmth to it.

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Karym in Spring, TX
Aug. 7, 2018

I think it's always better to get an opinion from a professional. So I definitely believe it is better to get him checked out now and find out what the pain is.

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User in Stoneham, MA
Aug. 7, 2018

We can't never be paranoid when we talk about our kids health. I would suggest to call the doctor immediately.

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I had growing pains really bad from playing sports and growing tall for a girl. what helped me was rubbing my legs and then I would fill up water in a styrofoam cup and freeze it then peel the styrofoam off around the top and ice my legs like that.

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Have you researched online about growing pains? You may want to rule out any unforeseen issues with his pediatrician. I am not a doctor so I cannot tell you how to treat his pains.

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you should definitely see a doctor especially since the pains are uncommon and it is always good to be on top of your health.

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I would be interested to hear what you define as growing pains. Any consistent pain anywhere should always be checked out by a doctor . Too many times we assume that pain is a part of growing up . It could mean something serious. Always safe then sorry.

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Talk to your pediatrician about it, mines recommends exercise and Tylenol or Motrin.

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Nina in Gilbert, AZ
Aug. 6, 2018

I used to have pains just like that in my right leg growing up! It was not something that I needed to go in to the hospital for, I simply grabbed a heating pad and apply it to the affected area. If I did not have a heating pad I would grab a very thick blanket and wrapped my leg really tightly in it and the pains would go away within seconds!

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Be concerned due to the growing pains he's experiencing its best if you take him to the doctor for a check up or an x-ray.

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User in Holland, MI
Aug. 6, 2018

I had those when I was young so my mom would just massage the leg and give me Tylenol. I wouldn't worry too much about it unless it was severe.

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User in El Paso, TX
Aug. 6, 2018

I would tell them to reach out to their doctor just in case it is something more

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Megan in Dublin, CA
Aug. 6, 2018

I think you're fine! Growing pains are natural, I had ones similar to that when I was a child. As bodies change, It's natural for kids to experience the pains in different ways. However, if it's still worrying you and still occurring after a week, I'd say visit a doctor. Nobody was ever hurt by an appointment :)

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Growing pains usually occur in both legs at the same, but they can be present in only one leg. Something that can help with the pain is ibuprofen or acetaminophen. If the pain persists, you can go to your family doctor just to make sure everything is okay. But growing pains at 15 are very common and they are most present at night.

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Shelly in Greene, ME
Aug. 6, 2018

Stretching, pain reliever, heat packs, etc always seem to help my children when their joints hurt.

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If its something that persists see a doctor but first massage and Tylenol for children

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Avery in Kailua, HI
Aug. 6, 2018

I highly believe being cautious with any type of pain is necessary. Growing pains are normal but so are other every day injuries! Even if the pain is specifically growing pains, it's always good to get it checked out to get closure from a health care professional about your child's aging progress!

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My brother went through the same thing. He was only having pain in one knee. We went to the doctor and they said it is completely normal. It may happen for a few more years as well. He usually takes Ibuprofen to clam the pain, so I highly recommend that.

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Growing pains are normal and nothing to be too concerned with, however if the pains are debilitating then I would advise you to call a doctor. If the pains are causing discomfort I would recommend baby aspirin or Advil.

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It's a normal concern for any parent when their children are in any pain, but with the experience I've had between my own kids, infants, toddlers & teens I've watched, it has never become a serious matter.

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Growing pains can occur until late. It can happen to both legs, or only one. I am not a doctor, but I see no reason to be alarmed. As a general rule, you should visit your doctor at least once a year. I encourage you to leave some time to your son so that he can speak freely with your doctor.

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Yes, I would recommend simmering His pcp to be sure that it's growing pains.

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Always check with a doctor, it never hurts to check.

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See A doctor may be more to pain

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Gina in Hillside, NJ
Aug. 5, 2018

You better take him to the doctor to be safe.

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go to see a doctor !

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Jessie in Arnold, MD
Aug. 5, 2018

I would definitely see a doctor to be on the safe side. It might be a effect from puberty or simply just a pulled muscle but to be 100% certain I would go see a professional.

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My opinion would be to see a doctor. It concerns me that it's only in one leg. I think it would worth it to go get it checked out.

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I think it is always good to go to the doctor and get it checked out especially if he has never had the growing pains before.

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I would ask what preceded (or precedes) the pain, how intense it is, how long it has been going on, and whether or not the pain responds to rest, ice, OTC medication. Depending on the answers I might confirm that the pain is unusual and should be addressed by a doctor or suggest further monitoring and at-home care.

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If you're sure its growing pains, that is normal. But a doctor visit never hurts.

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maybe if the pains dont go away, my daughter is also 15 & having joint problems, MS runs in our family so i will check her out as well soon.

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I had plenty of growing pains when I was growing older as well. I had a late in the game growth spurt. I found exercise and water to really help me!

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This is life, change his thoughts on other activities, this too shall pass

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Katelyn in Alto, MI
Aug. 4, 2018

Growing pains are very common in that age group, even if it is just one leg I wouldn't worry about it to much. If it is concerning to you, there is no harm in going to the doctor, just to be safe!

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It's perfectly normal, I'm 16 going on 17 soon and I've had growing pains as well. Yes, they suck and sometimes cause restless nights but they do go away. I used to use this leg cream (not sure what it was called) that would make my legs feel cold. It definitly helped relieve some of my growing pains.

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Both of my sons grew rapidly one summer when they were 15. They each have scars on their backs as they literally out grew their skin. They are 6'3" and 6'4". Growing pains generally are not concentrated in one body part. Perhaps consulting an orthopedist would be best.

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Morena in Tampa, FL
Aug. 3, 2018

My younger brother experienced growing pain in his back, after brushing it off it became unbearable to the point where he had to have physical therapy. I would try stretching, warming, and massaging the area and if it persists, as in the case of my brother, schedule a doc's appointment.

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Maria in Houston, TX
Aug. 3, 2018

I would say go see a doctor is always good to check be safe than sorry.

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Pamela in Vista, CA
Aug. 3, 2018

I would have the problem checked out by a Dr. Better to know sooner than later if there's a problem than letting it go unchecked.

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Please follow-up with your Pediatrics.

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Both my husband and oldest son are over 6 foot 7,so experienced growing pains, tenderness in their needs. Both eventually grew out of that stage without incident. It may be helpful to mention it to your physician if your son needs a physical before school starts, just to ensure there is nothing abnormal

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Growing pains are normal; they usually start up around the ages 3-4. If he is in excruciating pain, I would suggest seeing a physician. A way to ease the pain is using a heating pad or even daily stretching.

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you should seek the advice of you child's doctor when there is something new going on with their health.

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I remember having ALOT of growing pain as a kid! Maybe it was just a placebo effect, but the ol "bar of soap in the bed sheet" trick worked for me. If you have never heard this, you take a bar of soap and you put it in between your bed sheet and mattress when you go to sleep. It really worked for me. I am no doctor, but I dont think its uncommon for growing pain to be in just one leg. BUT with that being said, worsening or constant pain should be addressed with a doctor! Hope I can help!

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i would say if its giving him pain and he can't walk on it then i would be concerned but if its growing pains i would say he needs foods with potassium and lots of water and stretching .

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Nothing really to be paranoid about. Yes, it does happen and no, you shouldn't be super paranoid about it unless it's causing your son debilitating pain. Otherwise just help him out as best as you can to make him feel more comfortable :)

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Always see a doctor to be sure, however, soaking the leg in hot water and Epsom salt will help with any inflammation. Also, if you are into essential oils, diffuse some tea tree oil in his room. It is cleansing. Eucalyptus oil may also help, menthol is soothing and will help him breathe even when in pain. I hope this helped. Terri

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Maybe try some stretches and eat bananas. Document and track how long this has been happening. If new try stretches and bananas. But dont forget you can always call your doctors office and leave messages for the nurse to call you back. It truly is a life saver!

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Calcium leaching from his bones. Add calcium, magnesium & Vitamin D.

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Growing pains are very normal and tend to come and go. You could try Motrin (if it's really uncomfortable), massaging the area and a warm compress.

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yes I think you should get a doctor advice ASAP

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Ethan in Lisbon, ME
Aug. 3, 2018

have him stretch his leg(s), i went through this its just the body growing

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My daughter experienced this while she was on a soccer team. Of course I wasn't interested in (or allowed) to give her any medication as this is a natural condition children eventually outgrow...but it can be very painful in the meantime...so after much searching...I discovered ARNICA GEL combined (if pain is intense) with Ibuprophen for children. ARNICA GEL is all natural and can be found in most drugstores now...but if you can't find it...go to a Wholefoods or better yet...just order on Amazon. Hope that helps! Dee-- 13 year soccer mom

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It never hurts to see the dr if you trust their advice is sound (there are some out there that give some pretty crazy advice and don't really seem to care about their patients). If there is no swelling in his leg, that is a good sign. But if its really bothering him to point of it being a distraction throughout the day, you may want to take him in just in case. As a mom myself, I have learned to trust my own instincts, because no one knows your kids like you do. Also a teaspoon of Himalayan pink sea salt in a glass of water does wonders for muscle cramps. I know, we've been brought up thinking "don't drink salt water because it dehydrates you". But when you are given an IV for dehydration, its not water, it's salt water aka saline solution. Good luck.

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Nabil in Merrick, NY
Aug. 3, 2018

growing pains shouldn't be too painful, getting the opinion of an expert would put you at ease, and may be can suggest stretches/exercises to help.

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you should take him in the doctor.

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Growing pains are completely normal and most kids outgrow them within a few years. Despite the name, growing pains are actual just normal muscle aches from an active lifestyle. Treatment to help your son depends on how bad the pain is for him. Massaging or stretching the leg can help or using a heating pad or other warm compress. If the pain gets too bad, an ibuprofen can help to ease the pain. Some people stop getting growing pains in just a few months and for some, it can take a year or so. However it can't hurt to bring up any concerns at your next doctor's checkup. Especially if home remedies don't ease his pain at all.

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It can't hurt to see a doctor if you have not for the issue at hand. If so, then maybe a follow up for your concern is needed.

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