It's not Just Growing Pains: A Guide to Childhood Muscle, Bone, and Joint Pain, Rheumatic Diseases, and the Latest Treatments

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The purpose of this book is to guide families and their health care providers through the process of determining and responding to whatever is causing the children they care for to have muscle, bone, or joint pain or arthritis. Everyone reading this book will have different needs and a different background. I have tried to make the writing clear and the science easily understood, with as little medical jargon as possible. However, I’ve been caring for children with these problems for over twenty-five years. What seems obvious to me may not be to you. If a word confuses you, look in the glossary at the back.

If a section confuses you, take this book with you to the doctor’s office and ask the doctor or nurse to take a minute and explain it. But don’t surprise a busy physician with a request that takes extra time. If you want your child more carefully evaluated or need time to ask extra questions, call ahead and ask the physician’s office to schedule a long appointment. You want your physician to be relaxed and to take time with you and your child.

If you are the parent of a child who has been given a diagnosis, you should begin by reading about that diagnosis to see whether it describes your child. For parents who know their child’s diagnosis, this book has useful chapters on medications, the meaning of laboratory test results, family issues, getting the best care for your child, and reconstructive surgery. You will find a lot of information that will allow you to make informed choices and get the best possible results for your child.

If you are the parent of a child who does not have a diagnosis, or the diagnosis does not seem correct to you, you should begin with Chapter 2,

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