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18 years old having body aches and fever. Eating healthy. Had growing pains before. Medications?

My son is 18 years old and a few years ago, was diagnosed with growing pains . Granted, he s since sprouted a lot (now at approximately 6 feet ). At that time, the doctor recommended vitamin C and iron, as well as more milk intake, and advil for the pain. That worked wonderfully. My son continued this regimen for a full year until we believed he was fine. More recently in the last few months, he s been physically training to join a summer program offered through the Canadian Forces. Running, lifting weights, and he s been eating extremely healthy, lots of fruits/vegetables, minimal red meats (preferring fish), lots of water (never much of a soda drinker). Unfortunately the pains started again a few days ago. Just a short while ago, he came to me crying, in pain. He s feverish and his entire body aches, he confirmed that it s the exact same pain he felt a few years back. I ran a hot bath for him, gave him some advil and also vitamin C (it s all I had in the cupboard). My question is, can it still be growing pains with his being 18? Should we re-start the routine from a few years ago? ie: vitamins , milk, advil, etc? I suggested to him that he may have just been overdoing his training and his body needs to balance out with the vitamins. I look forward to your response, thank you! Arlette
Asked On : Sat, 16 Jun 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
From history it seems that he might be having some vitamin, Iron deficiency.
He was alright with multivitamin and iron but now due to training more strain and more energy might have given this problem.
Before starting previous medications, it is better to go for few investigations.
Go for B12 blood level, Hemoglobin estimation etc.
After reports go for specific treatment.
Give him high protein diet.
Ok and take care.
Answered: Fri, 25 Oct 2013
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