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limping 4 year old

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  • Posted By: helpson
  • February 21, 2007
  • 00:44 AM

I have a son that limps when he walks. (For the past 3 years) When you ask him if he hurts anywhere he says that he doesn't, but I don't think he knows the difference. I think that because he has limped ever since he could walk. Atleast 6 different doctors have seen him, they have all done x-rays from his hips down. We have had bloodwork done atleast 4 times to check for inflamation(arthritis) and cancer. His primary care doctor wants to continue to do bloodwork twice a year to see if there are any changes. We have also been told that it is just growing pains, but he has no pain. It is not just limping but he can't keep up with children his age and he sure can't go as long as them. If anyone has any information please help us. It is very hard as a parent seeing your son walk into school everyday limping, and not being able to fix it.

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  • Make sure when he sees drs. they are pediatric specialists. Also, make sure they are a DO not MD. Also, try a pediatric chiropractor and get their opinion. good luck.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 25, 2007
    • 04:38 AM
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  • with the x-rays they would likely have noticed if he had a "short leg". has he ever had an infection or illness that kept him from walking for a bit? my niece had severe pain (rapid onset) and would not move her leg, doctors said it was "hemophealus influeza". it means blood flu- the flu was in her body and set in her hip, she had infection drained from it and is on a 6 week course of antibiotic treatments. its possible that your little one could have gotten this or something similiar in the past and has residual stiffness, scar tissue, nerve problem, etc. does he normaly notice pain? alot of kids dont recognize it correctly- its called "sensory integration". my 4 year old has it, she climbed onto a car and cut her wrist on the headlight while getting down. It cut the flexor tendon and she had to have surgery to repair it. she didnt feel it. she only started crying when the other kids screamed at the blood spilling. then she got the "cue" that it should hurt. i afraid these are just ipotential deas based on our experiences,- i really hope you get the answers soon,and that these thoughts might help. the good thing is- your baby is not hurting :)
    kamsae 88 Replies
    • February 25, 2007
    • 04:52 PM
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