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    Default DD has random knee pain for months now

    Hello all, I need the BBBís help. So DD, who turns 12 next month has been complaining of random knee pain for months now. She says it started in March I do not recollect when. The only info on this is sometimes right knee and sometimes left, no pattern to it. She says initially it was only when dancing or going up stairs but now itís even when walking. It does not always happen and the occurrence is random.
    Pediatrician mentioned growing pains and recommend no further action. Now DD sees a allergy and immunology doctor for last 2 years who diagnosed her symptoms of random swelling on hands or palms as idiopathic angioedema and has put her on very low dose antihistamine like centrizine and Singulair for it. He even reduced it to once a day recently and she is in remission with no symptoms since the meds. He is confident the knee pain has nothing to do with this condition.

    At this point, I think we need this looked at for sure. In fact Iím feeling guilt I let this be for months without getting answers. Iím wondering about something autoimmune, like lupus or RA. I just made an appointment with a pediatric rheumatologist.

    Please hit me with any or all ideas. From my experience in the past, Iíve never gotten answers from any providers without having to throw ideas at them and getting them to investigate. TIA.


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    My son (who will also turn 12 next month) complained of knee pain this summer after activities (most swim) and I blew it off as just aches from growing. First practice this season he partially dislocated his knee and got a bone bruise from it moving. We found out that his knee cap is not centered, and he has weak muscles in his inner thighs. So now I feel bad that I blew the pain off because more than likely it was from the weak muscles and his knee cap moving but not fully dislocating. His pain was in one knee or the other, not always the same one because they both had the same issue. Can she pinpoint where the pain is?

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    Hmmn, that is tricky. I would push on your ped. about your concern and ask for a referral to a specialist (not even sure what kind as there can be multiple, but my thought is that any specialist might know if a different type of specialist would be more indicated, if that makes sense). I am also wondering if it is an alignment issue; that would be a PT or maybe would be helped by orthotics.

    OTOH, my dd had intense leg pain (dont remember where) when she was younger. She would scream and scream. My ped said growing pains, and I was convinced it was something more. It did turn out to be growing pains. That said, its good to rule out any other concerns.
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    Has she started her period? If not, how developed is she? I get knee pains, sometimes really bad, that seem to be connected to my cycle. The pain just shoots through my knee, either/or but usually not both at once, regardless of activity or lack thereof.

    So could it be hormonal?
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    Our DD has had intermittent knee pain Iíve ether years, so we make sure she has a relatively knew set of superfeet in her shoes.


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    You are doing the right thing to get it fully checked out, especially with her history. I can't tell from your post if she is dancing around for fun or dancing as in competitively, training for hours each week. If she is dancing in a serious way, it could be overuse. It is really common with growing athletes in their knees and heels. Look up Osgood-Schlatter if you think it's possible and see an orthopedist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carolinamama View Post
    ... If she is dancing in a serious way, it could be overuse. It is really common with growing athletes in their knees and heels. Look up Osgood-Schlatter if you think it's possible and see an orthopedist.
    Or it could be a pronation issue - I'm a pronator (have relatively flat feet) and I get knee and ankle pain if my shoes are not supportive enough. I was diagnosed with the pronation/flat foot issues when I was 14.
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    My DS was diagnosed with acute patella tendonitis. He would have pains in his right knee, randomly. Walking up stairs at times was very painful. We saw a pedi orthopedist. He prescribed ibuprofen, ice, rest and some kind of strap that put pressure on the patella. DS would wear it for weeks until the symptoms subsided.

    I had to ask DS about it, since I forgot the details. DS says it was mostly his right knee, but at times his left knee was affected as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sariana View Post
    Has she started her period? If not, how developed is she? I get knee pains, sometimes really bad, that seem to be connected to my cycle. The pain just shoots through my knee, either/or but usually not both at once, regardless of activity or lack thereof.

    So could it be hormonal?
    Thanks everyone, Iím still reading all your suggestions. No she has not had her period and the ped said based on her development in a year or so she would be getting it.

    Based on many of the above suggestions, Iím wondering about getting a ped orthopedics appt.


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    Knee pain makes me think of this just because a hockey buddy of my son had it at about that age.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osgood–Schlatter_disease
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