Rachel - posted on 10/27/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )
My 31 month old son has been experiencing moderate to severe pain in his right leg a couple times a week for the past several months. My initial thought was growing pains and I would give him Motrin and massage his leg until he fell back to sleep. Every time he woke up he would be screaming and crying telling me he had owies, sometimes it would last 10 minutes other times up to an hour. There are even times when he cannot stand up without falling. Again, I just assumed they were growing pains. Now we have noticed that he tends to drag his right foot behind him when he runs and his right leg moves out to the side when he runs. I have also noticed the muscles in his back are a lot more visible on the right side of his spine than the left side. He never seems to be in pain during the day but he seems to have a high tolerance for pain, evidenced by major collisions/falls/crashes that produce no tears. We visited the pediatrician this week who noticed an altered gait and sent us for x-rays but pretty much wrote it off as growing pains. X-rays came back fine and doc recommended more Motrin and massages. My gut instinct tells me it is something more. I am hoping some other moms out there can offer advice. Thanks!