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Arm pain, tricep muscles hurt. What can be done?

Hi, my daughter is 8 years old. Plays no special sports or does anything to over work her muscles. She has complained about her right arm hurting in the past couple weeks (not every day) and today it was the right and left arm. She is about 4'9" and 81 lbs. and no health problems that we know of. I'm not quite sure what is going on. It seems to be where her tricep muscles are. Can this be from growing or anything you think I should get checked out? The pain don't seem to be to to overwhelming but it is bothering her.
Asked On : Sat, 13 Apr 2013
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Hi and thanks for the query,
In a young girl as such, a few questions must be addressed carefully. Considering her age, with due respect to the fact that she does not like playing, however, the commonest cause of the pain should be traumatic. If not a fall or being hit, her sleeping position too could be a contributing factor.
Presence or absence of fever, changes in appetite are careful considerations to be taken. Putting her on simple analgesics of non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs might give relief. However, if symptoms persist, blood tests to evaluate the white blood cell count and acute phase reactants to exclude an osteomyelitis or bone infection might be necessary. At the extreme, X rays might be needed at some point.
I suggest usage of simple oral analgesics and local non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs for now. Persistence of symptoms should warrant consulting her primary care physician.
Thanks and best regards,
Luchuo, MD.
Answered: Sat, 13 Apr 2013
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