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Are growing pains real?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Yes, growing pains are real. And they can be very uncomfortable. Hot showers, hot baths, and occasional use of ibuprofen can help. Save the latter for times when you can’t get comfortable due to the pain, but the normal twinges of growing pains usually do not need meds. If pain is waking you from your sleep, it is worth asking your doctor about it. He or she can help assess whether these are simple growing pains, or whether something else may be going on.
YOU: The Owner's Manual for Teens: A Guide to a Healthy Body and Happy Life

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