My DD1 has leg aches. They are different from growing pains, mostly. I remember intense leg aches as a child, and still occasionally now as an adult. They are one sided, usually in one thigh (usually left, same as my DD).
Since she complains of them most every night (I suspect out of habit, but then I remember my own childhood experience) I tell her to give it a chance to quiet down. We don't do herbal medicines, at least now, and I used to give her Ibuprofen if she still complained of it at night (including half-asleep tossing and turning). I chose Ibuprofen thinking I could give it to her more frequently. I remember my mother never giving me anything for it, and when I discovered that aspirin and other NSAIDs helped, I was a bit peeved that mom never gave me anything. That said, I offered it too her without much resistance, and it helped.
Problem? As a girl with lots of allergies, she developed a reflexive cough a couple of minutes after taking Ibuprofen, and i suspected an allergy.
Damn! I offered Tylenol occasionally, which she has no reaction to, but I hesitate to give it to her as often. This has led to problems beyond just not having relief. I want something to give to her, every time if she wants it, so that she can have some relief. I almost don't care if it's a placebo, but better if it might really help.
Propping legs up helps some, and massage is palliative, though doesn't actually stop the pain. Not receiving any medication myself as a child, I invented some visualization techniques that helped some, but only when the pain became so intense I could think of nothing else. Medicine was a major relief in so many ways, especially because I could take it at the first signs and avoid agony.
Trouble is always at night. Allergies might be a culprit somewhat, and definitely fatigue (just being a kid is tiring enough.)
I need suggestions. Her allergies? Severe dairy and wheat allergies. Also rice, corn, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, shellfish, suspected buckwheat.