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Leg aches in 6yo

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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.

     

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Goodness, that sounds painful for your poor DD.  While I can't give specific remedy recommendations online due to liability issues, I would highly recommend that you research homeopathic remedies helpful for cramps.  You may need to try a few different ones before you find the best one for your DD.  If you find one that works, that would be a perfect thing to have on hand for dosing as needed.  Your mention of ibuprofen allergy does not surprise me with the other allergies she has.  I would also suggest working with a practitioner to help heal her intestinal wall - many allergies along with muscle cramps makes me think "leaky gut" - a term for an intestinal wall that is not working optimally.  She may have absorption issues that need addressed.  Sometimes, a magnesium or other deficiency can lead to cramping.  Working on her intestinal health so that she is absorbing the nutrients from her diet is the long-term solution, and in the meantime a homeopathic remedy to alleviate the symptom when it occurs will help her to achieve some relief.

Warmly,

Dr. Jennifer

Jennifer Karon-Flores, ND | Bambú Clinic 838 SW 1st Ave Ste 330 Portland OR 97204 | 503/274-9360 | www.bambuclinic.com
 

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Thanks for the reply, I will definitely investigate leaky gut....

But these are NOT leg cramps.  They are  a dull (I mean not sharp), non-specific, non-muscular ache.  It's like the pain is inside the blood vessels or some place intangible.  Massage is distracting but does nothing to relieve the pain.  Elevating, tylenol, ibuprofen, aspirin all are effective.  Besides myself, both my sister and her son have the same kinds of leg aches.  What could be up?

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While I don't know exactly what is causing the pain, the fact that it is improved by elevating and anti-inflammatories makes me think it is one of several things related to inflammation:

congestion in the veins, which can create pressure and a deep, heavy sensation of pain

lack of nutrients to the muscles or surrounding tissue.  we have muscular layers in our arteries, too, not just in our skeletal muscle, so a magnesium or other deficiency can lead to aches, cramps, and pain of all sorts

stretching of the periosteum, the covering of our bones.  this is what hurts when we break a bone, and it can stretch and hurt during growth as well.  however, the fact that you experience these pains as an adult makes me think this is less likely.

the fact that it runs in the family leads me to think it is one of the first 2 issues

 

Dr. Jennifer

Jennifer Karon-Flores, ND | Bambú Clinic 838 SW 1st Ave Ste 330 Portland OR 97204 | 503/274-9360 | www.bambuclinic.com
 

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Thanks for getting back to me, I'll look into it some more with this information.

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