Q. Why do my teenage duaughter gets frequent leg pain?

Answered by
Mohammed Wajid
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 28, 2020 and last reviewed on: May 11, 2020

Hi doctor,

I have a 16-year-old daughter who gets leg pains on a regular basis but not so frequent. It occurs let us say every three months. This started from childhood and she still gets it. She told me she cannot sleep at night when she gets these leg pains. Do you have any advice on home remedies and medication to help her get rid of the pain?



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Growing pain are a common cause of leg pain in children. These pains are muscle aches that can occur in thighs, behind the knees, or the calves. Other possible causes of leg pain that may be more serious can include juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), lupus, Lyme's disease, and leukemia.

If the pain is prolonged, fever, severe pain, rashes, sluggish or inactive then it is to worry about. But not in your daughter's case. Here some tips which surely will help to treat the pain. Treatment of growing pains depends on how much pain your child has. The following things may ease discomfort and help your child feel better.

1. Massaging the legs.

2. Streching the leg muscles, though it is difficult for younger kids, need to do it slowly.

3. Placing a warm cloth or heating pad on the sore leg. Be careful not to burn the skin and do not use it during sleep.

The pain should be reduced in two to three weeks, if it still continues and she get fever and the above-mentioned symptoms, then you can take her to the children's specialist so that any Ibrufen or other medicines can be given by diagnosing it.

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