• Question: If you get random leg pains and arm pains (Since Ages) and it hurts anytime espeacially at the nights, but your only 15 and nothing is unusual why would that be?

    Asked by shazzy545 to Sarah, Tim, Tom on 24 Jun 2011.
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      Tom Crick answered on 24 Jun 2011:

      This could be a form of growing pains: pain symptoms relatively common in children that are typically located in the muscles of the leg and less commonly the arm.

      They are usually felt on both sides, and appear late in the day or at night (often waking you up), with no objective clinical signs of inflammation.

      I used to have these when I was a teenager and they are very painful. It may be worth seeing a doctor if they are really painful and it is affecting your sleep.

    • Photo: Sarah Thomas

      Sarah Thomas answered on 24 Jun 2011:

      I think Tom is right, this sounds like growing pains. I guess it could be muscular aches too, that depends on what exercise you do though and what sports you play. The other thing that is could be is poor circulation. The way to tell if you have this is that you will have cold hands and feet.

      If you are really sore then you should go to the docs and get checked out, but the chances are he will say that are growing pains too.

      I guess it also be a problem with your back too, thats putting pressure on the nerves that go down your arms and legs. You could try doing some gentle stretches before bedtime and see if that helps.

      I hope you feel better soon 🙂