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What causes my leg to hurt? My dad thinks it hurts in the night because I've been sleeping in the same position for a while.

Dear Dr. Cory:

What causes my leg to hurt. My dad thinks it hurts in the might because I've been sleeping in the same position for a while. My mom says I am having growing pains. Why does it hurt so much?

Jennifer Bals

Freeburg, Illinois

Dear Dr. Cory:

My mom avid dad say when my legs hurt it is called growing pains. What are these pains, avid why do I get them?

Lindsey Dice

Ferndale, Maryland

Dear Dr. Cory:

Sometimes I get a lot of leg pains. Po you know what causes them?

Chelsey McHale

Chandler, Arizona

Dear Jennifer, Lindsey, and Chelsey:

Children your age and younger often feel what many people call "growing pains." But these pains really don't have anything to do with growing. They are usually just bone or muscle pain.

We really don't have all the answers about these pains yet. Sometimes they are caused by overusing your muscles. Or you might have injured a muscle and then forgotten about it. Your muscles may not hurt when you are doing things but begin to hurt when you relax at night.

To be on the safe side, you should have your parents check with your doctor. Leg pain can sometimes be a sign of a more serious problem, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Your doctor should also be told if you have a limp, knee or ankle swelling, fever, weight loss, or muscle weakness.

After your doctor decides that your leg pain is not caused by anything serious, there are some things you can do that might help. Ask your doctor to recommend a mild pain reliever. Have your parents massage your sore leg. You also can try using heat by taking a warm bath or using a heating pad for a short time (but don't use a heating pad without your parents' help).

See you next issue! Your friend,

Cory Servaas, M.D.
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Date:Jul 1, 1996
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