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post #1 of 12 Old 12-13-2012, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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Wish I had answers

A year and a half ago the little guy sprained his knee ligament. Ever since then, he's complained on and off that it's still bothering him. Nothing seemed to trigger it, and I've never noticed any swelling so I didn't think to much about it, I figured growing pains if nothing else.

He has been saying it hurts a little more often lately, but it's been at times that he doesn't want to do anything, so I assumed he was trying to make excuses.

So this morning at 3am, he comes into our bedroom in hysterics that his knee hurt. He was half asleep so I don't think he was imagining it. He said rubbing it didn't help (at least it didn't make it worse), and he wouldn't allow any ice or heat near it. I did manage to give him some ibuprofin. He finally fell back asleep, but couldn't get comfortable, so guess who's been mom didn't get back to sleep.

I was able to get him in to see the doctor this morning and we had x-rays and blood taken. The x-ray machine petrified him, but the blood draw was no big deal (he's had x-rays before, but never a blood draw...weird, weird kid, LOL). Anyway, everything came back good, thankfully! The doctor said the best he can call it right now is growing pains, but he's hesitant to even call it that since the pain is so specific and doesn't move around which is common in growing pains.

So know we play the waiting and watching game.

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post #2 of 12 Old 12-13-2012, 05:02 PM
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Why was a MRI not ordered? An XRay is only going to show bones and some soft tissue damage/slight swelling.

He needs a MRI if hes in that much pain and since its been ongoing for so long. He could have a torn miniscus, ligament, tendon etc. Without the proper diagnosis, there will not be proper healing, which can cause more problems in the future.

I can only imagine what will happen when he wants to do something athletic or strenuous and injures himself so bad he requires surgery.

Good luck!!!
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post #3 of 12 Old 12-13-2012, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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I think because it's not a 24/7 issue, it very very rarely hinders his daytime activities and only really bothers him at night the Dr is waiting to see if it keeps getting worse. He walks, runs, & jumps normally so I think that's why he's waiting. I'm good with his plan right now because he didn't blow it off as growing pains right away like most dr's would.

He's cautiously calling it growing pains for now and wants me to check back in a few weeks, which makes me think he doesn't want to go overboard with tests but the symptoms are unique enough that he isn't willing to blow it off.

I'm just one of those people that want answers right now :)
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post #4 of 12 Old 12-14-2012, 09:23 AM
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My son had the same pains in his left knee doc said same thing and told me to ice no heat... So about a month later it had got worse he did X-rays and come to find out he tore his tendon and needless to say he was In a knee brace for 6 weeks and on crutches :( didn't have to do surgery thank goodness but did have to take baseball season off :( I would keep on doc :) hope the little guy feels better :)
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post #5 of 12 Old 12-14-2012, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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When he injured the knee in July 2011 everything was checked out so we know that it was just a sprain. He hasn't had any big accidents with that knee since then.

Don't worry HC, I LOVE our Dr. he is very thorough. If the pain doesn't go away in a week or 2, he will send us to a specialist.

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post #6 of 12 Old 12-14-2012, 11:17 PM
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I'd think that growing pains would be in more than just localized to that one knee.

If I were you, I'd get a referral to the childrens hospital in your closest major city.
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I had " growing pains" in my ankle when I was young, before I even hit my teenage years. I never got xrays, MRI, nothing. It was always and only my left ankle. Throughout my teenage and continuing into my adult years, I would sprain that ankle on average twice a year. I finally went to the doc last year because I couldn't even run with the dog anymore without twisting it. I was sent to physical therapy, for six months. I can run now, but only with my ankle brace. My ankle is so screwed up from all those years of neglect, that ill proboly never be able to do to much with it.I couldn't balance on my left leg for more than 5 seconds before therapy, now I can balance.

Moral of the story, Don't ignore it and think it will go away! Go for a second opinion asap. If you can fix it now, he won't have to go through the things that people like me had to. And if it is just growing pains, then you know you did what you could to help him feel better.
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post #8 of 12 Old 12-15-2012, 10:37 AM
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Doctors get tunnel vision and refuse to look at the big pictures. Dont let them blow you off. I suffered for years of knee pain, in a perfectly healthy knee. Had hip issues that screwed my gait up which caused knees to hurt. Of course anytime I went to sickcall over knee pain, knee gets examined, x rays taken, pronounced healthy given ibuprofene, ant sent on my way. Most likely labled a faker. Sound familiar ?
Squeaky wheels gets the grease. You live with that child, you know if something is wrong. Find another doctor and become a royal PIA. Insist they look outside the knee if they cant find anything.
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post #9 of 12 Old 12-17-2012, 05:18 PM
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Gabe has osgood schlatter disease, basically growing pains, in one knee. Might check into that.
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post #10 of 12 Old 12-17-2012, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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Wouldn't ya know it, I start this post, get all prepped to go in guns blazin, and the little stinker hasn't had a bad day since. I asked him if his knee hurt, he said "huh?" like he had no idea what I was talking about.

Little Turkey!!! Getting mom all worried. Thank you everyone for your replies, they mean a lot but I'n still going to keep an eye on it.

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