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   Posted 12/7/2009 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone.  I think my son is having symptoms.  As far as I can remember my pains started at the age of 18 or there abouts.  However even earlier I remember my mother saying "it's just growing pains"  at my aches but I never connected it.  My 12 year old son consistantly complains of chest pains,  when I touch his shoulders or back he jumps and says it hurts.   He also has stomache problems.  I have been doing the same thing my mother did.  I have also noticed that he seems depressed.  I never connected it before becasue they said this isn't hereditary. Do you think it is possible?  Has anyone one else heard of this?

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   Posted 12/7/2009 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, Fmmom, I'm so sorry to hear that! I hope it's not Fibro. :(

My growing pains as a child were only in my legs. I'm not sure if it's normal to have them in the chest & shoulders.

A couple of posters on this board have parents who had this too.

It's a fear that sits in the back of my mind that my children will one day wake up with this.

I wish I could say something that could help. I hope a doctor will have some answers for you.

Take care,



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   Posted 12/7/2009 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I sure hope it isn't fibro but it could be.  I know I can be very sensitive.  My kids would playfully give me a swat and I'd gasp!  I'd swear that I was going to have a bruise but I never did.  I'm just so sore.  The fact that he has that pain in his chest makes me wonder.  I hope you take him to the doctor to be checked out.  I know I'd want to know for sure why my child was having a pain in his chest.
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   Posted 12/7/2009 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
As a mother, it is natural to be concerned about your son's health. Hopefully your son
does not have to wait long to be seen by the doctor and find out what is causing his pain.

The sooner he sees the doctor, the better. Treatment can be started. Wondering what it is
adds to the stress. Don't wait. Keep us posted.


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   Posted 12/7/2009 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Since they don't know what causes fibro, they can't say if it's hereditary. I have read that it is a lot more common in families that also have depression and some other illnesses. I know of a lot of families that have more than one person with fibro so I wouldn't rule out your son having fibro too.

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   Posted 12/7/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
    I don't know if this will help you but get his sed rates tested. It may be arthritis.
I had alot of joint pain growing up. I now have arthritis in my chest, I always thought
my Dad had made it up. Arthritis seems to also be heriditary. My Dad was 7, I was 7
and my grandaughter 9 when we started showin signs. I now have the fibro on top
of it. My Dad had Parkinsons. So far Chui only has arthritis and I hope she never gets
to the point that we have.
         Nana Monster
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