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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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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (2004)
  • ASIN: B000OKXED6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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By Jennifer R. Wright on August 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book was very well written, easy to understand and in depth enough for the average person.

If a child you know is having undiagnosed pain this would be an excellent sourcebook. It gives you the questions to ask the specialists, tons of disease specific information, and details about why certain diagnostic tests will/will not be performed on a child. You will also better understand the possible causes and various diseases that present bone and joint pain in children.

If a child you know has been diagnosed with a specific disease (as mine was), this book provides many more answers about many specific conditions than you can find online or during a single doctor visit. It also gives a realistic prognosis for a variety of diseases which many doctors are shy about giving.

While this book is slightly lacking in scientific depth, it does get one started in understanding a child's condition and finding additional sources. It is geared for the parent/caregiver but would also be great for general practioners and nurses because of the information prsented regarding diagnosing bone/joint pain in children. The information regarding juvenile arthtitis is particularly up-to-date, interesting and helpful.

If you are looking for a therapy guide for children's pain management this is not the book. This book thoroughly explains prescription medications, surgeries, and labs, but does not delve deeply into the theraputic realm. (I am still looking a book reagarding OT/PT therapy approaches for juvenile arthritis.)
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Thomas J. A. Lehman MD is Chief of Pediatric Rheumatology at the Hospital for Special Surgery, in New York City and also Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is considered the leading specialist in the world. As President of a charity that helps children in Russia, I have asked Dr. Lehman to volunteer his services and speak at seminars in Moscow to hundreds of rheumatoid pediatric doctors. He has done this several times over the past 5 years. He has also visited other countries as well besides allowing specialists from many other countries learn at his side. As a result of his unselfishness he has improved the lives of thousands of children throughout the world. He has written a book that every parent who has an afflicted child should read. My reason for writing this review is to assure the reader the he/she can rely on what it says, as there is no one who is more knowledgeable than the author. As can be gleaned from other reviews, the book has been written to be easily understood by the general reader.
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By Guidomom on September 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book couldn't have come at a better time. My son was recently diagnosed (and hospitalized) with stage 3, Lyme disease. He had been complaining for months about being in pain. I kept taking him to the doctor and over the course of a couple of months we were able to figure out the problem. After reading the chapter on Lyme disease, I feel very confident that he was diagnosed properly. I also read the chapters regarding other possible reasons for his pain. The symptoms don't fit and I am thankful he has a common (and treatable) disease. You must read this book if your child is in pain. IT"S NOT JUST GROWING PAINS.
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i used this book to help me research all the problems i experienced as a sickly child. the title caught my attention because i suffered from very severe daytime growing pains as a child. i was on a quest to trace my disease roots as my recent lupus diagnosis seemed to be a culmination of a lifetime of illness. i found much information to help me understand my past. i only gave this book three stars, however, because the author greatly minimizes the disease processes of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. parents shouild be alerted to understand that these syndromes can be much more serious and debilitating than what is depicted in this book. these syndromes can be disabling. if your child has been diagnosed with either syndrome, please dig deeper and find help from rheumatologists, pain management specialists, and authors such as mark pelligrino, md.
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This is a wonderful book. Published for the first time in 2004, it is up to date with all the new medicines out there. If you have a child with Arthritis, you need this book. It addresses all issues surrounding the disease, the family, behavior, medicine, theories, how to relate to your doctor, etc.
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I highly recommend this book for all parents. It provides
amazing up to date information regarding different types of sports injuries and how a parent may be pushing their child
into hurting themselves and not realize this fact. And, more importantly it allows a parent to distinguish between what he/she may think is a sports injury, but may actually be a chronic degenerative condition such as juvenile arthritis. Autoimmune conditions run in my family and my 7 year old neice has recently beed diagnosed with polyarticular arthritis.
This book has become a bible for our family. Dr. Lehman's approach not only covers medical issues but social issues as well. Thank you to him for providing such valuable information
and answers to all of us parents who always have so many questions.
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