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    Many times over the past few years my son has woken in the middle of the night with muscle cramps and more recently general leg pain, but usually a snuggle and some massage and he's back to sleep.

    Last night he woke up at 12:15am crying and it took me an hour and some codiene to get him back to sleep. The pain would come in waves because he would be almost asleep and then his leg would start to twitch and he'd start crying all over again saying "Owie, it hurts. I want it to stop hurting." over and over. He said that his leg was bleeding and it hurt in the middle of his leg.

    He fell back asleep about 1:12am but then at 2:34am he started crying again. The effects of the codeine should've lasted longer. I was beginning to think that he had actually, somehow sustained a hairline fracture during the day or something (the brain does strange things so early in the morning). He climbed into bed with DH, I went to his room to sleep and after a bit, he was back asleep and stayed asleep until the alarm went off at 7:30.

    Any suggestions? I'm worried that he will have another night like this when I'm not home (I work strictly nights) and DH will have to care for him, as well as get up at 5:30 to go to work...

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    I used the 'magic bag' warmed in the microwave, motrin, and lots of snuggles. It sucks eh?

    My favourite part is that many doctors will swear they do not exist.


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    My oldest son is 11 and he has had growing pains behind his knees for as long as I can remember. We took him to a specialist when he was younger just to confirm nothing else was going on. I find when he gets the pains its for a day or two and i make sure he has a nice bath to relax before bed, I give ibuphrophen as it seems to help better then tylenol, my MIL says you have to take the right medicine for the right pain. I also use a magic heat bag for him to put between his legs in bed. He doesn't get them as much as he use to and I notice if he's had a day of gym play like basketball it makes the pain more intense. He doesn't complain so when he says they hurt you know he's got to be in alot of pain. Hope this helps, good luck. PS Give your DH instructions on what to do if your son wakes up that way he'll be able to manage his pain and you won't have to worry.




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    mt sons dr keps tell me its just growing pains as well. my own mother heard dr.s say the same thing about me when i was his age, but 26 years later i still get them an di have grown in a very long time. Even to this day my own dr says there is nothing wrong. My son peds dr is refering him to an orthopedic dr for kids just to make sure though.


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