To Old For Growing Pains

Published: February 01, 2014
Dear TeenHealthFX,

I would like to know is it possible for a 22 year old female to still get growing pains? And when does it stop because its starting to affect my daily activities also I'm always tired but can't seem to sleep well at all can please give me advice or information on this matter at hand?

Dear To Old For Growing Pains,

Growing pains is a term often used to describe leg pain (that has no obvious cause) in children that usually starts in the late afternoon or early evening, can occur in the night, and is usually gone by morning. Growing pains are often described as an ache or throb in the legs occurring usually in the front of the thighs, the calves, or behind the knees.

Growing pains are most common from ages 2-12 and typically end by the teen years. They are slightly more common in girls than in boys. As for the cause of growing pains, there is no evidence that a child’s growth is actually painful.

Experiencing growing pains at age 22 seems unlikely. If you are experiencing pains in your limbs it could be related to physical activities during the day, poor fitting footwear or a diet  lacking magnesium, calcium and other minerals. Your symptoms could also be related to some other medical disorder.

Since this is starting to affect your quality of life you should really see a doctor and have him/her examine you.  He/she may request blood work to be completed or have you go for x-rays so get a definitive answer or to rule out some possibilities. Once the source of your pain is identified then a course of treatment can be started and you will begin to feel better.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Morristown 973-971-6475 or the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Summit at 908-522-5757 for an appointment. Outside this area contact a local Adolescent Medicine Specialist, your local teen health center. You can also check with your insurance company for a recommendation.




Signed: TeenHealthFX