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Toddler Won't Put Weight on One Foot and Now a Fever?

Ok, I will try to relay the info as good as possible.

*a week or so before all this started, my son had been cranky, nasty runny nose...I thought it was a combo cold and teething...refused his binky...but finally had been getting better.

Sunday night, my 14 month old all of the sudden couldn't stand on his own. He would not put weight on his right foot/leg. I really thought something was wrong, like a break or sprain although nothing had happened! But 30 minutes later, he was perfectly fine.

Monday- He was fine for the first 1 1/2 hours of the day, but then the not putting weight on his foot thing occurred again. We got an appointment set up for 1:00pm and this happened 2-3 more times before that apt. We had xrays, nothing broken... we had blood work, everything good, no sign of infection, only thing kind of off was slightly elevated platelets? The Dr. that day thought it might be Viral Myositis...should be better by wednesday if so.

Tues- went in again for a check, same story, didn't know what else it could be. Was told to call if fever or redness/swelling occur. Leg thing happened a couple times.

Wed- Onset of a fever and runny nose...highest it got was 101 under the arm, so 102. All I got from them was a "watch him, if it gets 104, take him to the ER". Let thing happened a few times. Now he is tired, and cranky, of course.

Thurs- Woke up with NO fever, but by the time 1pm rolled around, we are back to 100.3(which would be 101.3). Still cranky and tired...I almost think it sounds like he has a cold...that sort of stuffy sound. Leg thing only 1 time today.

I am trying to decide if this is just 2 different things going on, if they are related, something serious? I have been googling...ran across an old post on here about similar instances. I just want everyones experiences...anyone gone through this or going through this? Thoughts? The leg thing is bizzare...one minute he won't be able to put weight on it, 20-30 minutes later, he will be walking around fine. No, it's not an attention thing...I tried some of his favorites that 2nd day, like going outside, and he still couldn't do it. Thank you in advance!!

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Well, guessing it was just the cold/virus thing. Made it through all of Friday with no leg problems and no fever. Today, so far the same! No fever, or problems! Hoping we are done with this bizarre thing! If not, I have A LOT of good suggestions and advice on here. Thank you so much ladies...I knew this was the place to go to talk to people!!! I will keep you posted if things change!

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I just heard a similar story on the radio the other day.....that doc stated that it could be a cold that settled in their hip. I had never heard of sch a thing before, but the doc on the radio stated that it is pretty common, esp in younger children. I would agree to get a second opinion, if it is something more serious, you should learn about it sooner rather than allowing it to get worse.

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My son had similar symptoms, but he is older (9 at the time) and it went on for months. He had severe pain in his right knee and a fever and the dr did not find anything with x-rays and exams, then it went away. A week later same symtoms but the LEFT knee this time, again no findings from the dr. Since he is older and involved in sports everyone figured it was probably a sports related injury and treated it with hot/cold packs and tylenol. Again, it went away for a few days and then came back in his elbow and agin the right knee. Now the Dr. was concerned about JRA (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis). But then it went away again, this time for a month. Then we were on vacation in FL and the pain came back in both knees and again a fever. We took him to several drs and a JRA specialist. They ran a zillion tests and again it went away. Then back to MN and this time when it came back, his pediatrician here reviewed all the lab work from FL and repeated many of the tests. The results showed that he had Lymes Disease. The coming and going of his syptoms I guess are not really what you see with Lymes and we never saw the initial target mark from the tick bite. But looking back there was a day a few months before all this began that he ran a high fever and was really sensitive to light, which the dr. thinks was at the initial time of the tick bite. He was sent to a specialist and she confirmed the Lymes Disease diagnosis and started him on 30 days of antibiotics. He ended the antibiotics last January and has not had any problems since.

It does sound odd. I would say go back to the doctor and get another opinion.......maybe another doctor. Tomorrow is friday and if you aren't feeling better about what is going on then you will worry all weekend.

Man...this sounds awful and puzzling to me too!! The only reason I'm even responding is because I swore I remember watching the Dr.s Show a couple months ago and hearing Dr. Sears saying that if your child has an unexplained limp that doesn't resolve you need to take them to the Dr. ASAP. If I remember correctly it had something to do w/ sepsis in the hip or something. I am assuming they checked for all that when you took him in..But maybe you can call and just make sure?

Did they check to see what or if there was any pain? Does he show an signs of pain or discomfort or is it that he just can't bear any weight on it? If there's no obvious signs of pain it makes me believe it might be neurological or something...

Not to scare you or anything, but I had a really bad cold...that seemed to have jumped start my MS...One of my symptoms was not being able to bear weight and or move my left leg...But it was glitch like only every 3 steps or something...Took me 2 doctors to finally find one who said this sounds neurological and sent me in for an MRI....Let me tell ya my brain was irritated to say the least LOL! I would definitely get a second opinion. And if they still don't have an answer & there is no improvement from your son...Maybe request MRI or something?

Good luck keep us updated I'm curious. Will be praying that it's just a coincidence and one of those weird things kids do :)

I found a synopsis of the show that did talk about an unexplained limp. I'm sure your ped. would check for this, but thought I'd post it anyway...

http://www.thedoctorstv.com/main/show_synopsis/557?sectio...

The fever reminds me of Roseola, which both my kids have had - google it, it's not terrible, just a fever that lasts (off and on) for several days then suddenly a rash (not painful or itchy) appears (you can really just watch it spread over their body) and it's all over. Just a thought about that, something to watch for.

With the foot, have you checked for slivers or hang-nails? my son had a sliver that we couldn't see until it got infected - but it was hurting him. if you are giving him Tylenol or Motrin for the fevers, maybe that is also reducing some of the pain in his foot temporarily?

In a first aide class I was taught to check children by literally pressing every square inch and watching their reactions to try to pinpoint where the injury was, maybe you try that next time it bothers him?

Good luck! and I would also seek a second opinion...

Hi. My 18-month old is having these exact symptoms. His cold ended a week ago, but still has a runny nose. His fever/leg sensitivity thing started this week. I started to Google to find answers as I wait for the nurse from him doctor's office to call me back in an hour. Can you please tell me what ended up being the issue? I am really puzzled and stressed out about what is going on with him. Thank you!

I just heard a similar story on the radio the other day.....that doc stated that it could be a cold that settled in their hip. I had never heard of sch a thing before, but the doc on the radio stated that it is pretty common, esp in younger children. I would agree to get a second opinion, if it is something more serious, you should learn about it sooner rather than allowing it to get worse.

I agree with Brenda - get a second opinion. I have no idea what it is, but it leaves me feeling unsettled.

Maybe have a chiropractor who works with children check him out? Here's why I say this: My daughter, who is now 17, was playing with her older sister when she was 18 months and her sister was about 5. Sister was jumping off the couch in the living room onto a pillow. Little toddler follows, lands on the pillow, gets a funny look on her face (confused--not really hurt), and collapses on one side, falling down. Big sister laughs as toddler tries to stand up again, with toddler continuing to look confused. She never once cried or looked like she was in pain, but she could not put weight on her leg--it kept collapsing under her when she tried.

Since I had seen it happen, I knew we needed to get to the chiropractor--it was like a nerve was pinched or something, but not painful. But my insurance at the time required a primary care physician's referral and I didn't want to pay out of pocket for the chiropractor.
Her pediatrician looked her over and offered an Ace bandage and antibiotics! I told her my daughter was not sick and asked why the antibiotics--she said because it could develop into an infection or something. She would not refer to the chiropractor.

So I took my daughter to our chiropractor anyway, with a little girl who could not stand up in the waiting room without a tightly wrapped Ace bandage. After her treatment, as I was paying the bill, my little girl--with no Ace bandage anymore--was doing ballerina twirls and climbing all over the furniture!

I'm not sure your son has the same problem going on, but this experience can let you know that a) sometimes stuff happens structurally that requires readjusting a joint in order for it to function, and b) doctors don't always approach it from the correct perspective and can actually make things worse (antibiotics? Really?) by viewing it through their own lense.

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