Growing pains 11-12yr old daughter!

Anita - posted on 05/12/2010 ( 38 moms have responded )

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My daughter almost 12yrs is suffering from growing pains - she's becoming tearful and moody the doctor says it's normal! also she has started having tummy pains - anyone else out their having same experiences

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Angel - posted on 05/21/2010

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Growing pains are usually a result of a vitamin deficiency. If you google it, you will see it is usually Vitamin D deficiency. You can add calcium (citrate is best) and magnesium for good measure though. My boys were getting that, and as soon as they took their vitamins regularly, the pains stopped.

V - posted on 10/26/2012

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"It can be tricky to tell. In fact, children are sometimes thought to have growing pains when something more serious is going on, so be sure to talk with the doctor if your child has unexplained pain.



The doctor will make a diagnosis largely by making sure that nothing else is causing the pain. Pain in the legs can be caused by restless leg syndrome (RLS), for example, and pain in the extremities can sometimes signal something serious like an infection, a fracture, a tumor, leukemia, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, or other joint problems.





There are some symptoms that can help with a diagnosis. Growing pains generally last only about ten to 15 minutes, and they usually affect both sides of the body similarly (although not necessarily at the same time). The pain is usually felt deep in the muscles, not in the joints. Growing pains do not cause fever, chills, redness, swelling, limping, or joint pain.



The following symptoms may indicate that something more serious is going on.



Your child's pain is coming from one particular spot and is so severe that it wakes him up at night. (His doctor may want to do a bone scan to rule out a bone infection or tumor.)



Your child has a fever along with leg pain — and there's no obvious source for the fever, like flu symptoms. (The doctor can give your child a blood test to find out whether he has an infection.)



Your child's pain is in a joint and he has trouble moving it or it's red or swollen. (The doctor will want to determine what's going on in that particular joint.)



Your child has a lot of pain in one hip, thigh, or knee — or he has trouble putting weight on one leg or seems to be limping. (His doctor may want to do an X-ray to make sure there's nothing amiss with his bones.)



Your child's pain persists during the daytime hours. (Ask his doctor about it.)"

Jennifer - posted on 03/24/2012

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My daughter will be 10 next month and she has been dealing with growing pains for about three months now. I ha e taken her to doctor and he recommended Advil when needed. As Advil has an anti-inflammatory in it. Helps but hasnt gone away. My doctors next step will be X-rays. He mentioned that when your bones grow that we have growth plates and when the bone grows it is Werner until bone plate hardens. Also said that if growing too quickly that can be tearing legiment that extends below knee to ankle.

I feel sorry for her as it stops her from downing the things she loves.

My daughter as well worries over everything to the point of going herself a upset stomach. She always tells me she is okay but after fishing it out of her there is always something going on when she ha a upset tummy. Weird.

Rachel - posted on 09/08/2011

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Besides stretching and yoga, I have just figured out that tiger balm works. My son has had really bad growing pains and has been waking up at night crying. The extra strength tiger balm I found it had an immediate impact, he could relax finally :-)

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Chelsea - posted on 12/15/2013

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Some one else mentioned it too. Stretching. That is very helpful as well.

My 4 year old teacher does a kids version of yoga with them during gym class. Their young muscles and bones are growing so fast and when you had all the playing and exercise their bodies sometimes need some down time to recover.

Just like weight training. You need to alternate the muscles you focus on to allow the others to repair themselves.

Chelsea - posted on 12/15/2013

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Growing pains are normal but that doesn't mean there is nothing you can do about it. As a preteen I had severe growing pains and once I started my cycle they were extremely painful as well.

I would often take liquid calcium and it helped with both problems, to an extent. Massage helps, or hot water bottles.

And letting your child know that you believe these pains are real is important too. Not all adults realize how bad this stuff can be.

Of course you want to make sure there is nothing more serious causing the problems. And if all else fails some children's Tylenol, especially before bed, if that's the worst time. Not that you want drugs to be your main course of action.

Candie - posted on 12/13/2013

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Marie my daughter has the exact same symptoms! I made an appointment for next week. I would be interested inhearing the diagnosis you received and I will be happy to share ours next week. I am very worried too. This seems very unusual to me. She also complains frequently of headache.....I hope your daughter is feeling better! :)

Marie - posted on 12/09/2013

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Wow it sounds like the common factor here is 11-12 year olds. My 11, almost 12 year old has been complaining about leg pains for several months now. She has me rub her legs at night before bed and there are times when we're walking she says her legs hurt. She has also been complaining of stomach pain. I noticed some small lumps in her groin area where her leg meets her abdomen, I pointed it out do our doctor, but he said it was nothing to be concerned about.( Her sister has them also) She has also has excessive tiredness. We are headed to the pediatrician on Wed. Hoping everything is ok. So worried.

Melissa - posted on 09/04/2013

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Tummy pains in conjunction with joint pain could be Celiac disease. There is a blood test for this. Worth a shot.

Carmen - posted on 07/27/2013

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Yes my 11 yr old is 65 pounds and has been complaining that her back hurts all day long, for over a year now she is not in my care she just visites but I worry

Mother - posted on 03/27/2012

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Check....check and check!!!. My daughter started getting leg pains and then had a huge growth spurt. she started complaining about tummy pains and about 3 months later got her menses. Now, while on her menses, she is getting tearful and a bit moody. I'm sure it will level out. :)

María Gabriela - posted on 03/27/2012

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Yes, my eldest daughter, aged 14, has been having pains in her legs occassionally for the last 2 years. I do not remember having had them myself, but I've heard it's normal. I also think the gym teachers are not allowing enough time for stretching.

Sexycourtney9 - posted on 12/16/2011

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well thats the same as my daughter she starting to get moody and as its coming christmas thats not helping because she wants to help me wrap her prezzys & when i say no she becomes moody and the pains are making her cry

Desiree - posted on 09/09/2011

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Totally normal! The cramps could be the start of menstruation My daughter is almost 11 and having the same thing, with exception of growing pains.

Leeann - posted on 09/09/2011

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My daughter had them when she was...just turning ten, I think. its been a while anyway. she had them in her hips down to her knees. she was in so much pain, the doctor had her sent for x-rays, but everything was fine just growing pains. it happens, hurts both them and you, but some kids just have them. now about the tummy pains, that could be something different. you said she was 11-12 yrs of age? she could be getting ready to start her menstrual cycle. my daughter started having cramps over the summer. hope i was of some help, good luck.

Melissa - posted on 05/28/2010

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Has she started her period yet? If not, it will probably happen within the next few months to a year. My 11 year old (November) was like that for about 6 months and then she started her period. Now it's only once a month, except for the moody thing, that is the age I'm afraid. I imagine we are both in for a tough few years :) Just make sure and get supplies stocked up at home just in case I'm right.

Susie - posted on 05/27/2010

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She is probably starting to evolve into a beautiful young women, her body shape changing and mood shifts could be the beginning soon of her periods. To follow her natural development and help her to understand what is happening to her body, try this http://natracare.com/p88/en-GB/For-Paren... I found the Monthly Matrix a great way to help explain the changes and moods and helped to build confidence.

Jeannine - posted on 05/26/2010

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it is normal. my daughter is 11 yr. old and she's been going thru on and off growing pains.
i give her a heating pad. it works. she'll be getting taller soon!! good luck!!

Sonia - posted on 05/23/2010

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both my daughter's had the same problem. my eldest was more severe and eventually it passed. sometimes l gave her panadol when she felt it was too much for her. don't hesitate to get a second opinion if you feel you need to. try to boost the protein and fresh fruit and veggies as well as snacks like smoothies with bananas and berries

Telika - posted on 05/21/2010

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yes yes yes 2 weeks later she had her period,welcome to the world of pms,give her some midol and you'll see her mood turn aroundf,lol good luck

Tania - posted on 05/21/2010

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Maybe hormones? I find being calm and matter of fact works best with my 12 year old daughter. That way I'm not 'feeding' the moods. There might be some natural medicines that could be helpful like Evening Primrose Oil. Don't know enough about this to be helpful but maybe a visit to a naturopath would be useful.

Letitia - posted on 05/21/2010

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My daughter has the same issues, Anita, in fact I'm late to work today because of it. Her doctor eventually put her on a low-dose birth control pill (after some frightening episodes) which helps immensely with the huge mood swings she was having. If your daughter's mood swings aren't frightening like my daughter's were, try pamprin or midol when she gets tearful or moody.

Or exercise works too, for lesser symptoms.

Cindy - posted on 05/20/2010

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yes. Get her to drink a lot more water - no flavouring in it. your daughters body is developing at such a fast rate it is taking nutrients and energy from the wrong place - this is often caused by lack of access to fluid. Note: nothing with a taste in it as this triggers the closing down of the stomach lining and then the water can not be processed until the bowels.

Lj - posted on 05/20/2010

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My daughter who is 11, gets really bad knee and leg pains. I remember having the same thing as a kid and they were extremely painful. She is also having the moodiness but they are starting to go through many changes...... The moods are difficult at times to deal with. I really have to watch what I say to her or she just starts crying!

Maria - posted on 05/18/2010

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My daugther is the same simptoms,she start at 7 or 8 so i think is normal at that age.The tommy pain is normal because she is preparing for her 1st. period,at that age they have a lot hormonal changes.i always bring to my daugther some tylenol that work for her.(sorry for my english)

Terri - posted on 05/18/2010

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Yes!!! She is ready to drive my Husband and me both crazy with her moods!! I had to stop and think and I do remember being horrible than also.

Glenda - posted on 05/15/2010

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my daughter is having the same problems but yesterday she got her period for the first time so maybe your turn so beware

Tracey - posted on 05/15/2010

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Yes my daughter went through this from age 10, lasted about 2 years. Doctor said to give her energy drinks when they were bad and paracetomol and not to over excercise. Don't be surprised if she gets pains in weird places, my daughters eyes hurt for a while.

Natalie - posted on 05/14/2010

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The biggest thing that has helped for us is a LONG walk. If you can walk to and from school it's great. If not take a long family walk and wait for the moment when your child finally starts to download all the woes and worries. The problem is that it has been rainy here lately.

Claire - posted on 05/14/2010

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im having the same problems with my daughter who is just 11 years old in a couple of weeks.she has become anxious and had a few panic attacks.she wil sometimes have a problem sleeping and complains of pains in her tummy .my doctor explained the pains she was getting to her and i was told to give nurofen and warm baths as well.she said she had a pain in her chest where she is developing but the doctor told he that is normal.my mum is a godsend as she rings her when she gets upset and sometimes its better as my mum has the talent to talk her down.time alone has helped my daughter despite having two more i get them to do something and give her 15 to 20 minutes so we can chat.that is my experience and i hope my daughter will be ok and get through this part of life as easy as possible.hope it helps that you are not the only one.

Kim - posted on 05/13/2010

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my 12 yr old son suffered from growing pains. he grew 5 inches in a year. I found ibuprofen and warm baths worked well for him. he also takes glucosamine. (has had joint issues for last 2 years).

Natalie - posted on 05/13/2010

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As if she had read a book on being 11 mine began to be moody and weepy the minute she turned 11. 10 is said to be a good year 11 is suppose to be rough. They are expanding. Many books say let them spend time at other kids houses or ship them off to the Grandparents for a bit. They are suppose to be better around people that are not their parents. 12 is suppose to be a better year - they even out a bit. I am trying to look forward to 12 and look back on 10 to get thru this.

Anita - posted on 05/13/2010

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thought of that, she says all ok at school and with her friends - though she has issues with her french tutor - she's got 15min detention tonight because she chats in her lesson! she doesn't seem worried about it

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