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Re: Leg Aches & Pains: Causes & Cures
« Reply #60 on: February 09, 2008, 06:51:49 AM »
hmmmm, I am inclined to agree with HB about the influenza then... keep an eye on him though.  Stretching may or may not help him to feel better.  Also, lobelia tincture might help if you have some.  Plantain/comfrey poultices over achy joints have also helped with injury around here anyway.  A very light stroke massage can also relieve pain and any inflammation going on.  HTH  Let us know if there are any changes or if it gets worse and we'll go from there... :)

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Re: Leg Aches & Pains: Causes & Cures
« Reply #61 on: February 09, 2008, 07:06:24 AM »
I don't have lobelia or comfrey.  After reading the flu thread, I'm positive hubby has the respiratory flu.  He's still not completely better, but has to fly to meetings for work today and comes back tomorrow.  So I'll go ahead and treat it as the flu.  Thank you for your help.  I'll let you know if anything changes.

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Re: Leg Aches & Pains: Causes & Cures
« Reply #62 on: February 09, 2008, 07:11:13 AM »
hmmmm, I am inclined to agree with HB about the influenza then... keep an eye on him though.  Stretching may or may not help him to feel better.  Also, lobelia tincture might help if you have some.  Plantain/comfrey poultices over achy joints have also helped with injury around here anyway.  A very light stroke massage can also relieve pain and any inflammation going on.  HTH  Let us know if there are any changes or if it gets worse and we'll go from there... :)
A little garlic and cod liver oil shouldn't hurt.  Garlic for the germs and oil for the inflammation.

I've had the flu once.  It started with a dry cough that lasted 2-3 days.  I figured it was just dust or a cold and I went to work.  At work, the joints in my legs began to ache and seize up.  It was getting very difficult to walk.  My boss and I decided it must be flu (I wasn't sure, cuz I wasn't real familiar with it at the time), so I went home.  By the time I got home, I couldn't get my legs over the baby gates we had in the house and I could barely walk to the bedroom.  I spent about 24 hours in bed and hubby gave me a toy that made noise so that I could holler for him and he brought me lots of water and orange juice and I slept and slept and slept.  It was actually fairly short lived, but my immune system was overworked because I had been dealing with recurrent ear infections in my daughter at the time (time off, ER visits, up nights with fevers, etc).  I think if I knew then, what I know now, I would have dosed up on the garlic and cod liver oil so long as my tummy was up for it.

Even it's not the flu, these two things can only help with the cough and the aches and pains.
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Re: Leg Aches & Pains: Causes & Cures
« Reply #63 on: May 25, 2008, 03:38:50 PM »
I had tremendous problems with achy legs as a child.  To the point where I would have to crawl home from delivering papers because my legs were in so much pain.  My parents used to have to come to my room in the middle of the night and rub my legs.  I finally pinned down what the problem was.  As a child, I was fairly pigeon-toed.  It was not serious enough to require braces.  It turns out all the aches and pains were my feet straightening themselves out.  In children who are even slightly pigeon-toed, the feet usually straighten with time and that causes the muscles to contract and ache.  That's my experience, anyway.  Hope it helps.

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Re: Leg Aches & Pains: Causes & Cures
« Reply #64 on: August 07, 2008, 01:49:35 PM »
My four year old daughter has a terrible time with leg aches especially in the middle of the night. It has been going on for some time (about two years).  She often wakes up crying and I have to give her Tylenol and rub her legs till she goes back to sleep.  She is a VERY stoic child, even when she broke her collar bone a few months ago, she barely cried.  Nurses and Dr. couldn't believe how good she was.  My concern is that it may be some sort of deficiency in her diet as she is not the best eater, but not the worst either.  She does eat bananas almost every day.  Dr. say "growing pains" but none of my other four children had them this severely or for this extended period of time.  I'm at a loss and would love to address the problem and not treat the symptoms!!!(especially because it interferes with my sleep! :P)

I know that this is an old thread, but I just had to update on my dd.  She is no longer having leg aches and after trying many of the suggested things, we've realized that the leg aches stopped shortly after we started drinking raw milk.  I didn't think about it till several months had passed.  I just realized one day that she hadn't had the leg pains in a long time and the only thing that had changed was that we were drinking raw milk and we moved...doubt that had anything to do with it.  I think I can count on one hand the times she has had them since we started the raw milk, and that is either from not drinking it (short or couldn't get it) or from a REALLY active day.  When she has had them, I have rarely had to give Tylenol, just rubbing them seems to help.  That NEVER worked before, she would be in tears it was so bad.  Just thought I'd share, and maybe put that piece of the puzzle out there for someone else who may have this problem.

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Re: Leg Aches & Pains: Causes & Cures
« Reply #65 on: August 07, 2008, 03:25:37 PM »
Just to second this, when I was reading the first post you had on this, I was wondering if she had had any milk.  We all had similar leg pains from time to time which were always cleared up by milk or calcium tablets.  We didn't even have raw milk then, just that aweful hormone-laden Wal-mart or Kroger milk.  It did the trick though.  I'm so happy to hear that your little girl is doing better.   :)
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« Reply #66 on: August 08, 2008, 12:09:19 PM »
Just to second this, when I was reading the first post you had on this, I was wondering if she had had any milk.  We all had similar leg pains from time to time which were always cleared up by milk or calcium tablets.  We didn't even have raw milk then, just that aweful hormone-laden Wal-mart or Kroger milk.  It did the trick though.  I'm so happy to hear that your little girl is doing better.   :)

She was getting milk before, just the store bought stuff and we tried the cal-mag suppliments and neither worked!!  It wasn't till we got RAW milk that she stopped having the pains.  I just think that store bought is worthless because it is "dead" and now that we drink raw, her body can absorb the nutrients because they are in their natural state. JMO from my observations of my dd.

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Re: Leg Aches & Pains: Causes & Cures
« Reply #67 on: August 15, 2008, 12:50:07 PM »
DH dislocated his knee when he was a teen, then again a couple years ago.  The first time the dr. said, you can have surgery now or you can have it later.  Well, it seems that "later" may be coming.  His knee has started giving hiim a lot of pain, and he's looking for things to take/do that may help with the pain and put off surgery, or even something to heal whatever is damaged.  He's in flight school, flying Blackhawk helicopters, and doesn't exactly want to go in to the flight surgeon and be told he's gotta step out of training for a couple months while his knee heals.  So, any suggestions for supplements or salves or anything that might help?
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Re: Leg Aches & Pains: Causes & Cures
« Reply #68 on: November 08, 2008, 05:31:07 AM »
I found this on webmd.com for those suffering from those painful sudden leg cramps in the middle of the night:

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Nighttime leg cramps are different from another common nighttime leg problem called restless legs syndrome. With restless legs syndrome, your legs feel fidgety or crawly unless you move them. For more information, see the topic Restless Legs Syndrome.

What are nighttime leg cramps?

Nighttime (or nocturnal) leg cramps are usually sudden spasms, or tightening, of muscles in the calf. But the muscle cramps can sometimes happen in the thigh or the foot. They often occur just as you are falling asleep or waking up. These painful cramps can last a few seconds to a few minutes.

These leg cramps are also called charley horses.

What causes nighttime leg cramps?

Though nighttime leg cramps are common, experts don't know exactly what causes them. But most of the time it is not because of illness. Some of the things that may cause leg cramps include:

    * Getting too much exercise or overusing the muscles.
    * Standing on concrete for a long time, sitting for a long time, or putting your legs in awkward positions while you sleep.
    * Not having enough potassium, calcium, and other minerals in your blood.
    * Being dehydrated, which means your body has lost too much fluid.
    * Taking certain medicines, such as antipsychotics, diuretics, statins, and steroids.
    * Having flat feet.
    * Having thyroid disease.

How can you stop a nighttime leg cramp when it happens?

You may need to try several different ways to stop a leg cramp before you find what works best for you. Here are some things you can try:

    * Walk around, or jiggle your leg.
    * Stretch your calf muscles. You can do this stretch while you sit or stand:
          o While sitting, straighten your leg and flex your foot up toward your knee. It may help to place a rolled towel under the ball of your foot and, while holding the towel at both ends, gently pull the towel toward you while keeping your knee straight.
          o While standing about 2ft from a wall, lean forward against the wall. Keep the knee of the affected leg straight and the heel on the ground. Do this while you bend the knee of the other leg. See a picture of how to do this calf stretch.
      These exercises stretch your calf muscles, and you will probably feel the leg cramp go away after a few minutes.
    * Some people find that a hot shower or a warm bath helps. Others get relief by rubbing the calf with an ice pack.

How can you prevent them?

Use these tips to help prevent nighttime leg cramps:

    * Drink plenty of water and other fluids during the day.
    * Limit or avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine. These can make you dehydrated, which means your body has lost too much fluid.
    * Make sure you are eating healthy foods (especially if you are pregnant) that are rich in calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
    * Ride a stationary bike to condition and stretch your muscles.
    * Stretch your leg muscles for a few minutes before you go to bed.

If you are taking medicines that are known to cause leg cramps, your doctor may prescribe different medicines.

If your leg cramps bother you a lot, your doctor may prescribe medicines that calm leg nerves or relax the muscles.

What if nighttime leg cramps keep coming back?

Talk with your doctor if you have muscle cramps that keep coming back, are severe, or occur in other muscles of your body. These may be symptoms of another problem.

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Re: Leg Aches & Pains: Causes & Cures
« Reply #69 on: February 16, 2009, 03:51:32 PM »
I need some advise.  My dd (she's 5) has always had leg pains/growing pains since I can remember.  I belive they started around 2 years old.  My older ds (7) used to have them too but they stoped around 4 or 5 yrs old. (can't remember)  Now he hardly ever gets leg cramps.  The problem with my dd is that her legs hurt every day.  Sometimes really bad, and sometimes almost the whole day.  I don't give her tylenol unless the heating pad, rubbing the leg, and hot/cold cream did not work.  Lately she's taking tylenol every day.  It's like nothing is working.  Sometimes her wrist hurts too.  The exact location where her leg hurts is where the foot bends.  I'm starting to think that maybe there's something wring with her joints or something like that.  Her dr. looked at her recently and found nothing wrong with her.  I also forgot to mention that she's getting headaches too (almost everyday for the past 1 or 2 weeks), sometimes her stomach hurts (probably from the tylenol-although I give her a probiotic too)  and her lower back hurts too.  :-[ (not sure if it's related or not)  Her dr. said to take her to see a bone specialist over at Shriner's hosp, but I'm kind of still not sure about it.  Is in it where they see really sick children with different kind of diseases?  I'm not sure what to do now and would really appreciate some advise.  What would you ladies do if this was your child?  Any ideas what could be the problem?  Thank you all, and I'm really sorry for writing so much. ::)

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Re: Leg Aches & Pains: Causes & Cures
« Reply #70 on: February 16, 2009, 06:48:20 PM »
My kids have tons of growing pains.  The biggest thing I found to help is liquid calcium/magnesium.  Frequently the growing pains almost can feel like cramping which is more indicative of a need of calcium.  But while they're growing so fast the extra calcium/magnesium is important.  We use some stuff from Fred Meyers that's a liquid.  They have blueberry and strawberry.  My kids like both.  Just be sure to shake the bottle really well because the minerals tend to want to hang on the bottom of the bottle.  I would cut the tylenol immediately as that is not heathly for her.  If you have to, give her a placebo and see if it works.  But definately put her on some cal/mags for awhile.

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Re: Leg Aches & Pains: Causes & Cures
« Reply #71 on: February 17, 2009, 02:41:02 AM »
for us the biggest help for my 7 yo is raw milk.  Unfort. we can't get it right now and her leg aches have come back.  Even organic milk isn't doing the trick.  I think it has something to do with being able to absorb the vitamins because it hasn't been pasturized.  It is a clear difference though.  When she drinks raw milk, little to no leg aches, when she doesn't they come back.  the cal/mag didn't work for her either, maybe her body is stubborn and just won't absorb things like others?

If it were my child, combined with the other joint pains and headaches, I would have it checked out.  Just what I would do.

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Re: Leg Aches & Pains: Causes & Cures
« Reply #72 on: February 20, 2009, 04:45:58 AM »
Try making a gallon of herbal tea and giving it throughout the day.  I had some problems (enormous amounts of pain in and around the bones) with my arms after a good workout that turned out what I believed to be a calcium/magnesium deficiency and this tea really did the trick and it's quite tasty too.

1 T Alfalfa
1 T Red Clover
1 T Dandelion
1 T Red Rasp Leaf
1 T Catnip
1 T Peppermint
1 T Ginger Root
1/2 T Whole Cloves (for taste)
1 T White Willow Bark (this is a natural analgesic and you may want to leave this out)

Steep in boiling water for about 20 minutes and strain.  Add enough water to make a gallon.  Drink like iced tea.  IMO it doesn't need sweetening.

This stuff worked so well, the pain began to lessen after the first cup (enough that I was able to sleep) and was gone in 24 hours.

I used all of these herbs because they are all very rich in calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.  I used the variety to include all the other minerals and vitamins a variety can provide, but if you don't have them, I would imagine you could double up on one herb and leave out another; however, keep in mind dandelion is very bitter, white willow is bitter and woody, ginger is very strong, so if you're going to double up, I would do this with the alfalfa, the raspberry leaf, the clover and possibly the peppermint if you're a fan.
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