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Pain in both legs with raised ESR - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   i have a 6 year old boy who has been complaining about leg pain for over a year off and on. He woke up the other night screaming like never before begging me to help. i took him to the emergency room and the doctor w/o running tests or even looking at his legs told me he had a bad dream. I took him the next day to his regular doctor who did blood work and told me it was probably growing pains. The tests came back showing high sed rate and low rh. Said she didn't think it was arthritis but afraid it was the start of something worse. Referred him to an orthopedic who before seeing my son referred us to a rheumotologist. What could be wrong with my son? Just wanting to know the possibilities for the extreme pain because he even will stop walking for a week at a time. i need help!
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
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Let me read that you have typed.
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Is the pain located to both the legs or just one of the limbs?
User :   both
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Does he have any problem while walking?
User :   not all the time, but frequently says he can't walk that they hurt
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I shall explain it to you.
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It is too early to say what exactly the cause for the pain could be.
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One cannot predict the cause without proper evaluation
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A high ESR indicates an infllammatory condition.
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I can probably think of
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inflammation of the muscle that could be causing the pain,
Doctor :  
A few of the inflammatory conditions can be a chronic process, and need long term treatment.
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