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December 4, 2000

Complications

Question from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia:

My four year son was diagnosed with diabetes six months ago. Sometimes at night, he screams because of pain in the lower right leg. The pain will go away after massaging the muscles for about 30 minutes. His doctor here doesn't know the reason and thinks it's normal. What is this?

Answer:

It certainly could be “growing pains”. We all see that. Does he have blood in his urine? Calcium imbalance is sometimes present in children with diabetes. Ask the doctor to check the urine. Other problems can also be present. If it doesn’t go away, ask for lab tests and maybe x-rays.

LD