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7 year old with cronic calf pain

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  • Posted By: Mommy80013
  • February 3, 2008
  • 11:33 PM

My 7 year old son seems to always walk on his toes, especially in the morning. He says his legs hurt him too bad to put his whole foot down.
Yesterday and today he is so sore he does not want to walk, he crawled out of bed and down the stairs and wanted to be carried all day. When he walks, he is on the tips on his toes all day and last night. He did have a fairly physical week last week in gym class, but he always seems to walk on his toes and complain of leg pain. This has been going on pretty frequently in the past year or so. Any ideas of what could be his problem?

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  • He needs the attention of a doctor to run some blood work. Low calcium, electrolite deficiencies, vitamin deficiencies and then there are muscle diseases that he should be tested for.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • February 4, 2008
    • 01:22 AM
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  • Did he have any trouble potty training? Or does he have bedwetting issues? Any birthmarks, dimples, or hairy spots at the base of his spine? I know this sounds wierd but "walking on toes" can be a symptom of Tethered Cord Syndrome. It is probably something much simpler but if they cant figure it out have them look for TCS. It is a congenital defect of the spine. There is lots of info on the web about it. I walked on my toes as a kid but being a girl no one thought anything about it. My TCS wasn't picked up on until I was 37 yo when I wound up with really serious probs. Don't want to scare you, just had to reply when I saw the toes thing. Many Blessings, Katherine
    katclem 14 Replies
    • February 4, 2008
    • 04:22 AM
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  • Thanks for the replies, I am going to try to get him seen tomorrow. I felt bad because I had to send him into school today hurting. . . .katclem I do not think that is his issue, because he had none of the symptoms you mentioned, in fact he potty trained at 18 months very easily. . . does anyone know what kind of doctor I should take him to, or can just a regular pediatrician? Thanks for the info.
    Mommy80013 2 Replies
    • February 4, 2008
    • 04:15 PM
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  • Sorry one more thing--we do drink (and eat) a lot of things with sugar substitutes--sugar free colas, syrups, popsicles, juices etc. does anyone know about possible side effects from this? Regardless, we are going to stop using the sugar substitutes as I always worry about them anyway. . .
    Mommy80013 2 Replies
    • February 4, 2008
    • 04:48 PM
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  • good idea...it would deplete his body of needed minerals, besides causing about 100 conditions or more--hardening of arteries for one...sounds like nutritional studies are needed...
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • February 4, 2008
    • 09:49 PM
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