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Real or imaginary pain
  • aliveit
    Posts: 19
    Hello
    My son 8 , is constantly complaining of some pain or other.
    I've always thought its attention seeking, no swelling or bruising yet he insists on various creams, ice, bandages etc... often when he is supposed to be doing other things.
    However after reading some posts on here I'm wondering if he's got weak joints or something. He often woke up screaming in the night with growing pains.
    Does anyone else have a hyperchondriac in the family or should I take him to the doctor and look further?
    Thanks
    Alison
  • Holly59
    Posts: 2,107

    aliveit said:

    Hello
    My son 8 , is constantly complaining of some pain or other.
    I've always thought its attention seeking, no swelling or bruising yet he insists on various creams, ice, bandages etc... often when he is supposed to be doing other things.
    However after reading some posts on here I'm wondering if he's got weak joints or something. He often woke up screaming in the night with growing pains.
    Does anyone else have a hyperchondriac in the family or should I take him to the doctor and look further?
    Thanks
    Alison



    Hi,
    Take him to the GP to get checked out . My youngest has just been diagnosed at 19 with Hypermobility which affects every joint . It has been missed for years by various Consultants .

    Pat xx
  • Holly59
    Posts: 2,107
    http://hypermobility.org/

    It is quite common in ASD . I have another friend whose ASD - PDA child has just been diagnosed with Hypermobility. Again was told it was growing pains .

    Pat xx
  • PDA_ASD_Parent
    Posts: 3,683
    We thought our youngest had growing pains as many nights she would cry and say her legs hurt. Later on she was diagnosed with hypermobility. People with ASD do often feel pain very keenly as well however, and anxiety can manifest as pains especially belly pains. Have you noticed whether he has lax joints anywhere? It can occur only in some joints and might not always be in obvious ones. E.g. it could be hips (can he touch the floor with palms and locked knees?), it could be fingers, can he reach up behind his back and touch the top of his back? Do his knees or elbows point slightly backwards? Can he bend his thumb down sideways to touch his arm? Does he have lordosis in his lower back? There are others.

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