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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My six year old son has been having excruiting leg pains for over two years. The pain is progressing in that it is at times disabling, he can't put any type of pressure on the leg at all. It was just his left leg and hip area and now, it's both legs and his hips. He also complains of a sensation that he says feels like he's stepping into loose dirt or sand. We've had several x-rays done, bone scan and blood work all of which has come back normal. I'm at my wits end and we both need a relief. The doctor's have all told us to use a anti-inflammatory. Please give me a recommendation.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   let me read
Doctor :   is the leg pain more in the calf region ?
User :   No, the pain is actually in his thigh area and behind the knee.
Doctor :   when did the pain started ?
Doctor :   i mean
Doctor :   at what age did it started ?
User :   It actually started when he was four
User :   When he would complain of the pain at that time his legs would be as hard as rocks, we were told at that time to do leg stretches with him daily, the dr. said that his muscles just needed to be stretched.
Doctor :   is it waxing and waning type or it is fairly constant
User :   Well it depends, now it's fairly constant, before it would come and go.
User :   When it comes, he can't climb stairs, it hurts to lift the leg as well.
Doctor :   what does the doctors have to explain about the pain ?
User :   They don't, they have said that looking at the xrays and blood work, everything is fine and normal. One said that perhaps it was growing pains, but the fact that the pain is now constant and disabling at times he ruled that out. The doctor today mentioned that perhaps it could be arthritis or even a spinal tumor.
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   the pattern of the pain you are describing
Doctor :   goes in favor of the growth pains
Doctor :   it is very much unfortunate that some do get this type of pains
User :   So would I just treat it with the anti-inflammatory?
Doctor :   only the pain relieving medicines and the physical massage to the legs
Doctor :   it may take few years for the pain to go away
User :   ok well I will try to add massage into the regimen for him
User :   Thank you so much for your time!
Doctor :   thanks for consulting health care magic
Doctor :   bye for now
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