Are grow­ing pains a real di­ag­no­sis?

Woman's Own - - ASK THE DOCTOR -

QMy grand­son is 10 and has started com­plain­ing of pain in his calves at night. Our GP says it’s grow­ing pains, but is that a real di­ag­no­sis? I thought that was an old wives’ tale. Cathy, Dud­ley

AYes, it is, and is quite com­mon. Grow­ing pains usu­ally oc­cur be­tween the ages of three and 12 and the pain clas­si­cally oc­curs at night, of­ten af­ter an ac­tive day. Parac­eta­mol will help ease the pain, but you should see your GP again if your grand­son de­vel­ops symp­toms such as a limp, pain only in one leg, a fever or swelling in the joints.

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