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11 yr old w/svr calf pain and blood in urine

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  • Posted By: nosila75
  • March 25, 2009
  • 01:43 AM

Last night my son started complaining of calf pain. So much so that it hurt to walk. I took him to the pediatrician today. He thought maybe it was a virus so they tested his urine. It tested positive for blood. He wrapped his legs and it seemed to help a little. The pain is worse when he tries to stand or walk.

Though we live in a wooded area he hasn't had any tick bites. His two sisters both had severe mono a few years ago. My son had asthma when he was younger-he's 11 now. He also has atopic dermatitis, especially on his legs. The heat in the house seems to aggravate it. He uses Eucerin and other aloe creams on his legs. I don't know if I should be worried.

So my question to anyone is : Have you ever heard of the symptoms, severe calf pain,blood in the urine, and possibly tiredness together. And if so, what should I do?

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  • I would definitely be getting a doctor to test his kidney functioning. It is possible these are signs of kidney disease. Obviously there are other things it could be too (such as bladder infection/ kidney infection), but kidney disease is one of the most underdiagnosed conditions. Testing the kidneys is a pretty simple procedure.All the best.
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  • He could be losing postassium thru his urine. That would cause leg cramps. Ask to have it checked. Kiera
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  • I would really have his potassium checked as the woman before me stated. Symptoms of HypoKalemia (low Potassium) include Leg cramps, muscle weakness, constipation. I copied the following from some text....More serious symptoms of hyperkalemia include slow heartbeat and weak pulse. Severe hyperkalemia can result in fatal cardiac standstill (heart stoppage). Generally, a slowly rising potassium level (such as with chronic kidney failure) is better tolerated than an abrupt rise in potassium levels. Unless the rise in potassium has been very rapid, symptoms of hyperkalemia are usually not apparent until potassium levels are very high (typically 7.0 mEq/l or higher).Symptoms may also be present that reflect the underlying medical conditions that are causing the hyperkalemiaAlso maybe check for some anemia, there are iron deficiency anemias, Vit b-12. And also, as a nursing student I wouldn't really advise you to write off the Kidney function possibilities only because on someone that age it can be a little harder to pin point EXACTLY where the problem lies, if tests keep coming back negative I would really ask for more in depth testing and blood work to really make sure there isn't a hidden problem somewhere.
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