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    Mumps is a glandular infection that can affect anyone, but children are more at risk than adults. It causes pain and swelling in the salivary glands, which are just below the ears. Read more →

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    Lupus

    This is the name given to a condition that causes swelling, aching joints, headaches, skin rashes and generally feeling very tired and rundown. Read more →

    hi, i am 13 and since i was born i have never been able to turn my wrists over, palm upwards. it really affects me and i wish it could get sorted by surgery or other. i think it has something to do with bones or joints, but i am too embarresed to speak to my parents or docters about it.





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    i read and seen the article on ddh my daughter is a little like this, since she was about 12months old we have seen many doctors but no one wants to confirm anything, she has had xrays and they have show that she has a tilted pelvis and that right side is smaller than the left, and she has also got dimples on all her joints what could this mean as no one will give us a diagnoses she is now nearly 2 1/2 and i feel like no one cares please answer me





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    It is very difficult for us mums and dads to objectively see our children. My son has aspergers and he displays none of those traits. However I know children who are 'normal' how have some of those traits! I personally watched how my son interacted at playground and nursery and realised that all the children have quirks at that age (lots of really bossy girls!). By Primary 1, it became evident that he understood the school interactions less than other children. However, he was a 'nice boy and never bothered the teacher too much, so she admitted that she tended to forget about him'. Basically the school nurse was my saviour, she realised that he had difficulty hopping (he has hypermobile joints)and he was referred to the occupational therapy team, this lead to a referral to psychologist. Intially, I was put down as over mumsy (I explained too many things to my son - the school blamed me!). The psychologist was my ally, he realised what was happening and expalined the situation to the school from then on the school have been much better. He has specialist help with motor skills, language (social stories) and reading. I hope this very brief summary helps.

    I am 21 years old and I kept going to the dentist last yr because my teeth were aching n he said that there was nothing wrong but I knew there was , it took me a while to get in to another NHS dentist but when I did he told me I had gingivitis so they cleaned my teeth and told me to brush them twice a day , use mouth wash and floss , so I did , only to find a couple of month later my teeth are starting to twist and my gums are aching so much. So I went back and he put some stuff on my teeth to stop the aching what did work for a while , but I don't understand why my teeth are twisting , I am so scared of loosing them!!!





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    Hey. i'm 13 and i started my periods when i was 9. Recently though my periods are relly heavy and i've been getting odd symptoms e.g. aching thieghs, feeling sick, back ache and oviously stomach pains. I've been having a lot of days off school and i'm really worried as i'm falling behind. Please help xox





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    Ibuprofen worked like magic for my period pains- nothing else helped. If they are very heavy, ask your Dr about Tranexamic Acid, which you only take during your period and which cuts the flow by at least half.

    I have all those symptoms almost every time I'm on my period! It's completely normal , your period and the symptoms differ each time. It never fully regulates. I usually end up having to stay off sometimes too , it can be hard to cope with. My friend has these tablets ( not birth control ) that make her periods lighter and more bearable. Maybe you should visit your doctor and see if you qualify for some too if this persists. Good luck!

    Carol re: your post may 2010 Have you ever had him tested for fragile x. Hypermobility (floppy joints) and the difficulty he has with social situations may make it a possibility





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    yes, i get this all the time, and it alsts for about half an hour, if not longer, a strong and sharp ongoing aching pain. I find the only way I can relieve the pain is to stretch out the muscle by crouching on all 4 and arching my back, or doing leg stretches, and massage it around the area. I am seeing a pelvic floor therapist at the moment for vaginal problems, and I think the problem is related as I have been experiencing constipation for years now, and im only a young adult.

    hi my daughter is 13 years old she tiptoes walks sinces laerning i have had her at doctors many times.they said she needs to learn to walk properly.but in the last year her joints were the toes join swell i have had her back at doctors they sat pain killers and rest.i





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    hi my daughter is 13 years old she tiptoes walks sinces laerning i have had her at doctors many times.they said she needs to learn to walk properly.but in the last year her joints were the toes join swell i have had her back at doctors they sat pain killers and rest.i





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    When my son was 18mths old he had 3 warts growing on his hands and now aged 5 he has those 3 plus one has started growing on his leg. I took him to see the GP who said there was nothing he could do as they are growing on joints, and to allow the virus to clear up. My son is now getting bullied not by kids but by parents not allowing their kids to play with my son. Im now heartbroken for him and dont know what else to do.... Any suggestions please





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    I had a wart on my hand as a child,Do not let any moisture on it,Because if it does get moist it will expand. I suggest getting a bit of lavender,rub it on the wart and stick on sellotape. Or rub banana skin on it and again use sellotape. I would also like to add that you should tell the headteacher about the parents doing that because that is clearly alienation. Trust me I should know it happened to me.

    I think my 4yr old daughter has recently had this. It started off as cold like sysmptoms inc raised temp to which she was kept off nursery. Then we had just come bk to school after a school outing and her face was bright red and hot to touch but she was ok in herself. We all noticed it including the teachers but just put it down to her being hot few days later she had a rash on her legs same size shape ans place on each leg. Again put it down to heat rash. Few weeks later she started suffering with adominal pain and aching limbs. We put that down to growing pains. I'd never heard of slapped cheek before and I think this is what my daughter had. After about a month all symptoms subsided and she's fine.





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    My Son is 9, he had MC approx 2 years on his hand and forehead, after the doctors advice to leave them and they will eventually go within 2 years I looked into Thuja. This worked after taking this for 2 tubes 3 times a day and disappeared completely. He now has them back on his stomach and both inside of his elbow joints, the thuja doesn't seem to be working the same on these,so I have now tried the banana skin, as this worked on a wart on his foot many years ago, but the MC is now looking red and aggressive. I have stopped this for tonight as Iam not sure if this is a good sign or not. Any suggestions?





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    my daughter is almost 14 and started with what looks like eczema about 2 years ago. doctor gave her emolient creams & anti histimines. it clears slightly on face then returns with a vengeance & looks like bad sunburn on eyelids & cheeks. Joints on arms & neck affected, sometimes scabs on head, lips. Really uncomfortably & psychological at that age & its not improving. Rasp blood test negative so doc says shes not allergic to anything? we stopped her swimming at school as that makes it unbearable. Any ideas would be great as lost confidence in our doctor.





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    I'm 17 and going to university next year. I have had eczema my whole life but the past 3 years it has become awful and unmanageable. It used to be limited to my arm and leg joints, but now its spread to the rest of my arms and legs, neck, chest and torso. It's such a hassle and a stress and I have looked into so many things. I found that Salcura DermaSpray Gentle soothed the skin and stopped the itching, but it didn't help the eczema go away in the long run. I use aqueous cream on my face which works and keeps it clear, and a strong natural moisturiser on my body. Honestly, I can't say how much I had eczema, its so restricting, especially when I'll be moving out next year. But I'm not going to let it stop me from going out and having a good time, I'll just have to wear long sleeves and tights to make myself feel comfortable! Eczema is such a pain!





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    Help for you and many others in the same boat is at hand with the new behavioural approach to atopic eczema: please see www.atopicskindisease.com asap! While the clinic-based programme is slowly becoming available, a self-help programme is available now for everyone like you, with plenty of support and tips online. There is no need to live a restricted life - discover how to live without eczema using The Combined Approach. It is a life-changer!

    I was also diagnosed with CDH as a baby but was luckily diagnosed within the first week! I would like to mention that even with great care as a child, I too have suffered as an adult. I had to have an operation on my left knee at 18 as I had damaged the cartlidge due to the extra weight carried on this knee. I am now 28 and waiting to see my consultant to see if I have arthritis. I have had swelling of the joints for the last year and often cannot lift my leg off the floor to get dressed but I get by. Like Lucy I think this condition has given me strength of character and have never let it get me down. To give some good news I have managed to carry a child and gave birth without any major complications and thankfully my Son was given a full bill of health. I would like to encourage parents of children with CDH to get in touch with the charity STEPS they offered my parents great support.

    toe walking is how the human body was designed to move. if you look at it from an engineering perpective, there is no shock absorption from your heel hitting the ground first except for your joints...which were not designed for that. knee, hip, lower back all receive g-shock with each foot step. toe walking allows the shock to be absorbed by the calf muscle, transmitting a negligible amount to the rest of the body. zero compared to heal walking. it requires more energy than heel walking, is difficult or impossible to maintain in most shoe types, and as most organisms prefer to use as little energy as possible, tends to fall by the wayside later in life in preference for heel walking as well as conformity. if you're a toe walker, as the saying goes-yer doin' it right.





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    I was born with CDH in both hips, as a baby i had been in the harness had 4 operations been on traction for 6 months and was in plaster cast for 2 years. I was under a surgen until the age if 18. How ever when i had my first child at 22 i started getting pains again so went to my gp and was refered to the same surgen who operated on me as a child. He then refered me to some one else who refered me to some one else who is now looking to opearate. He has contacted a surgen from canada who is a top specialist to ask more advice. My right hip is past it and at 25 i can have a hip replacement but it is not recomended as i will need another one in about ten years. I also have artritus caused by my hip condition, and because of my spine not being straight due to my hips i also now have a bad back and have just been for a mri scan at the nuro department. I take a high number of pain killers and anti inflametries every day i have restricted movement in my hip joint and i struggle with day to day things :( luckly my partner and family n friends are a real help. Both of my daughters have also been born with this too my youngest is in the pavlic harness but thank god her hip joints are forming and my eldest daughters hips only needed double nappies :D!





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    My daughter was diagnosed with DDH when she was 2 years 7 months and when looking back and remembering her x-ray her left hip was severely dislocated (nowhere near the hip socket. The consultant then performed her first operation one month after her initial appointment/diagnosis, she was in cast for 13 weeks and then in a harness for a further 4 weeks. Alix was in severe pain and discomfort and her walking was very bad. due to this her consultant performed a further operation in January 2009 where he rebuilt her hip socket (as it was not forming at all) and cut her femur to hopefully bring it in line with her right leg, Alix was in cast for a further 8 weeks and was left with a plate in her hip for a further year, the plate was removed in March of this year - however i have to say that the physio's and consultant have been really good and very informative, both myself and her dad and other people who know her feel that she walked better prior to any operation being done as she now walks with a permanent limp which is very visible, her left leg veers out to the left as she goes through the day and she swings her hips when she is getting tired. As Alix was diagnosed late we had no choice but to let them go ahead with the operation as you are told that they will end up with arthritis in their teenage years - this is not what we wanted. Alix is 5 1/2 years old nearly and is now asking questions like "when will i be able to walk properly mummy" how can we answer this, as we have been told that there is a high possibility that a further operation on her right hip is likely as the right hip is not secure. Alix now complains on both her hips aching and sore and knows herself that she can't keep up with children her own age or younger. I am at a loss and you feel that you should be able to do more than you are but you can't. There is no one to back you or support you unless you are constant contact with the consultant/physio. I agree with you all that more support is needed and more information relating to this condition.





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