Did anyone have "growing pains" when a child?

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jhicks
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   Posted 7/30/2009 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I read somewhere that having growing pains as a child is often an indicator of autoimmune disorders. I used to have awful "growing pains" in my feet and ankles as a child. Just horrible achiness and such. My son, who is 8, now has them. I am wondering if this is a sign that there is something brewing down the line. Just curious, were any of you plagued by growing pains as a child? I now have Crohn's-related arthritis and wonder if the joint pains I had as a kid predisposed me to this or were a sign of things to come.

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   Posted 7/30/2009 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Huh, never heard of a possible connection. I had terrible growing pains in my shins on 2-3 different occasions growing up. I was told it was just the bones growing...

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   Posted 7/30/2009 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I also had terrible pains in my legs as a child, especially my shins and lower legs.  I too was told that there were the result of growing bones.  Seems like a stupid explanation now, but at the time I just accepted that this was the truth....
Interesting....

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   Posted 7/30/2009 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
That's what I was told, too. I wonder how many of us on this forum had growing pains as children. I know I read recently that such pains may be indicative of autoimmune disorders. Interesting, indeed. Do you all also have Crohn's-related or other arthritic/joint issues.

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   Posted 7/30/2009 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
i had terrible "growing pains" all through childhood, my teen yrs. and even into my early 20'2. i used to cry and cry until the tylenol took effect. as i got older i could tell the pains were tied to the weather, usually. tylenol or an equivalent always seemed to work. many yrs later i developed restless legs syndrome. alot of people feel that there is a relation between the 2.

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   Posted 7/30/2009 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes. Very badly. I was later diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I had growing pains and a variety of other weird, undiagnosed symptoms since toddlerhood and I now realise that these were most likely fibro all along.
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   Posted 7/30/2009 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, this is very interesting! I have had chronic lower back pain for nearly as long as I can remember. My grandfather was a chiropractor, so I grew up seeing one, and it seemed to help, but it didn't explain the reasoning behind such pain, especially in a child! I will have to be on the lookout, now, for my daughter.
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   Posted 7/30/2009 8:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow!! I had a nightly ritual of my father putting deep heat and bandages around both knees. At the end of the day, I couldn't really walk or stand...Sometimes in the middle of the day if my mom went on one of her marathon shopping trips. They, the doctors, could never find the reason for the severe pain and swelling every night. It started when I was 2 and ended when I was around 11...when I stopped growing...except at about 23 when I grew another inch...late growth spurt. Some doctors tried to say that it was due to my flat feet...had to have devices in my shoes for the longest time...All these years later and I still remember the pain...
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   Posted 7/30/2009 9:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry, but I am just amazed at how many people have had these probems. I love this forum! I am so grateful to have found it :)
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   Posted 7/30/2009 9:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know anyone that didn't have growing pains as a child, that is normal and everyone experiances them, doesn't mean they're doomed to having an autoimmune disorder, all of my friends and family had growing pains and most of them are healthy as horses.

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   Posted 7/31/2009 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I felt like mine inpinged upon my life more then my brothers.
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jhicks
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   Posted 7/31/2009 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
That's interesting. NONE of my friends had growing pains. Neither did my husband, and none of my friends' children my son's age have experienced them yet. So it's not a given that every child has them. I'm sure it also doesn't mean you're doomed to a condition, but it is interesting in the short time this has been up how many quickly responded they had them as well. These are not the kind of pains one would forget having, so I'm not talking a casual ache here or there. They are long and lingering and excrutiating to a child. They certainly brought tears and hours of me curled up in a near fetal position sitting on my legs and feet to try and relieve the pain. I'd have my parents massage them and I'd be swabbed down in Absorbine Jr. My son is experiencing the same thing.

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   Posted 7/31/2009 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Yep. Growing pains were there. In bed at night, I'd ache in my shins and arms, tender at ankles, wrists, elbows. Maybe its that most folks experience growing pains...but what we REMEMBER of the pain of them could be important. If you can recall serious pain as a child...for years on end...maybe that's the sign of the AD. Just a thought process spewing out.
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   Posted 7/31/2009 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, as a matter of fact I did.  Never heard it was anything more than just "growing" pains though.  My daughter who is now 18 used to get them alot but she's now 5' 9".  She has been checked for Crohns and Celiac (her dad has Celiac) and was negative for both.  Interesting though isn't it?

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   Posted 7/31/2009 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I did too but was told it was because I'm tall lol.
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   Posted 7/31/2009 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I was the youngest of three children...and we were only 1 and 2 years apart in age. I was the only one who had severe leg pains as a child, for several years. Every night I would lay in bed and cry because my legs ached. My dad had to massage them for me every night. I hated going to bed because that was when the pain started.
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   Posted 7/31/2009 1:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I did too, but not as bad as some of you were describing, but always in the evening. Sort of like my joint pain now.

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   Posted 7/31/2009 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   
OMG yes! I had such bad knee pains from 'growing' and had to wear knee supports for a while, actually that was probably around the time that I first had symptoms of Crohn's in a weird way I always thought it was fortunate that I stopped growing when I was 10 (gotta love a bit of Crohn's stuntedness) as it meant no more 'growing pains'! I'd never have thought to associate that with the Crohn's....

 
 


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   Posted 7/31/2009 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Nope I did not have them. I don't think I developed any type of joint pain until about 10-15 years ago. And I definetly and unfortunately have Crohns.
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jhicks
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   Posted 7/31/2009 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Mine always occurred at night, too. So do my son's. Sigh.

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   Posted 7/31/2009 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Nope, I never had any, but I also don't have any joint pains or anything now either. Then again, I'm also tiny, so I don't think I grew too much as a child LOL.

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   Posted 7/31/2009 11:44 PM (GMT -7)   
It's typical of growing pains to happen at night, many kids will sleep right through them if they're mild enough while some are awoken from them usually if they're quite severe pains, I only felt them in my shins, never in the knees or anywhere eles...it used to make me wonder why I didn't feel it throughout my body considering my legs were not the only things that grew LOL!


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   Posted 8/1/2009 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to have very bad growing pain in both legs, and also foot cramps all through my teen years...mind you I didnt seem to grow anymore well in height anyway, am still the same height as I was when I was 12. cry
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   Posted 8/25/2009 5:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes had to take time off school it was so bad...........

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   Posted 8/25/2009 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
when i was a kid..my ankles used to hurt..but i never told anyone..but i was in the bathroom all the time...and i got in alot of trouble for that...my mom used to turn off the water or the electricity on me..it took me forever on the toilet! Now she feels bad and has apologized..she thought i was doing my hair!

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