Usually symptoms vary in places and intensity from person to person. Unlike cramps, growing pain does not have any sustained contractions of the muscles other than pain. Commonly
- Pain occurs in leg muscles since legs grow more than other parts (especially in calf muscles & thigh muscles) and never involves bones
- Pain occurs commonly in both legs
- Pain occurs most commonly at night
- Pain gets intensified after active day
- Pain gets intensified with cold weather
- Pain usually gets better with massaging, squeezing, tightening, pinching,
- stretching, movement, etc.
- Pain makes one restless, i.e. sufferer wants to change position often or move constantly or repeatedly.
- Usually get outgrow with growth
Plain X-ray – to rule out arthritic (bone) diseases
Blood test – Tc, Dc, Esr, Haemoglobin level, sugar, serum calcium, ASO titre, RA factor, etc.Hormones test – Thyroid hormones, i.e. T3, T4, TSH
Urine – Sugar, albumin and deposits
Finally, if required, one can go with further evaluation with nerve conduction test to rule out nervous disorders, Electromyography to rule out muscular disorders and whole body MRI scan to rule out any other pathology.
- Plenty of water with glucose or juices
- Plenty of vegetables, nuts and dry fruits
- Stretch or mild massage to the muscles involved
- Keep legs warm by covering it with blanket during sleep
- Wear socks / shoes / stockings in cool climate
- Curling up in bed and chair for prolonged period
- Unnecessary medications
Just giving support and reassurance cannot make one get peace of mind in case of growing pain, since the sufferer will be usually a child, i.e., the child cannot understand reassurance or tolerate the pain all the time. Also, the parent cannot have peace of mind even though the doctor would have explained about its harmlessness (no way related to complications) due to the constant crying of the child throughout the night.