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Can muscle pain/straint from lifting weights stunt height growth?

Every time after working out I got muscle pain/strain for like 2 days and I have heard that muscle will build up during the resting days. But won’t that inhibit my height growth since muscles also need growth hormone just like the growing plates or am I just delusional for thinking like that?
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First off, you don't say how old you are or what you're doing when you're working out.  Height is a function of genetics and somewhat of nutrition -- but unless you've been starving for awhile your body hasn't shut down long enough to worry about the nutrition part.  You're going to get as tall as you're going to get whether you work out or not.  Your age will tell you if it's likely you've already reached your optimal height, and if you're worrying about growth hormone, then you're probably not super young.  While it's true that muscles get larger as they repair damage done through exertion, again, if you're so young that you're worrying about height you might be too young to be doing too much weight lifting, if that's what you're doing.  And when you're very young, you don't feel strain as much as you do when you're older unless you're again lifting a lot of weight or doing a lot of reps.  So height isn't a factor, but the fact it takes you two days to recover if you're young enough to still be growing might be of some concern so you don't overdo it and injure yourself.  I'd suggest a couple of things to do:  for better answers here, tell us what you're doing, how much of it you're doing, and how old you are.  Talk to a professional trainer and if you're truly still growing probably a doctor to make sure you're not doing too much too soon for your body.  If you're bodybuilding, in other words, you're trying to get really big muscles just because you think that's going to make you look better and not as part of training to be a better athlete in a sport, realize the limitations we have -- genetics plays a role, nutrition plays a role, and health plays a role.  I never lifted weights to look big, I always lifted for exercise and increased strength and performance, and I never felt anything from it until I got into my fifties.  But I wasn't a bodybuilder, I didn't lift heavy weights, I went more for reps to increase my power.  So also tell us what you're trying to achieve, because bodybuilding comes with certain risks, and also certain temptations to eat for muscle size, not for health, a decision for adults to make, not kids.  Again, just how old are you?  Because remember, soreness is an effect of working out for those who work out very hard but pain is a sign of injury, and you need to know the difference.  Lastly, you might consider taking a class in physiology, it never hurts to know how the body works.  
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And just so you know, and this is again if you're not an adult and too young for long-term thinking, once you get overly large muscles, which I have to assume is what you're going for since you're sore two days after working out and you're worried about growth hormone, remember, once you get those muscles you're going to have to work out really hard for the rest of your life to maintain them or they're going to go away and might leave you with some loose skin hanging around where you're muscles used to be.  It's a lifetime commitment.  Something to consider.  
Hey, thanks for reacting.
I am now 17 years old, a month away from being 18 years old. I started working out 1,5 years ago and by that time I was underweight.
I only work out and lift weight just to be healthy since I do not play any sports.
Though the muscle soreness after working out (normal workout, nothing extreme) is more extreme than most of my peers, I worry that it inhibited my bones/growing plates from getting sufficient growth hormones because some of it has to go to the synthesis of new muscle cells.
You can neglect my age in this one and just perceive me as a teenager because I want to understand if my bones were neglected growth hormones. If not, I would genuinely appreciate how it didnt affect the bones/growing plates, because I am confused.
Thanks again for commenting.
Actually, your age and genetics are still the only factors to worry about.  Because you're still young, you might have another growth spurt in you.  Most likely you're as tall as you're going to get already, but some have late spurts.  The best way to tell is to look at your birth parents and your siblings by the same parents, if possible -- and look back at previous generations as well to see if there were any outliers there that got a lot taller than the others or a lot shorter.  Weight lifting doesn't affect your height.  Also, at your age you are swimming in testosterone and growth hormone.  As you age, these do start to get lower, but that starts in your thirties.  You're fine now.  Again, I recommend you follow your interest and study some physiology -- think about it, if this were true, football players and other pro athletes who lift a lot of weights, a lot more than you do at an older age, would be shrinking somewhere if your theory were correct, but they aren't, they just keep getting larger all over.  Obviously they aren't getting taller anymore, but it didn't stop them from getting very tall that they played rigorous sports at a young age.  That also builds muscle.  But I would still be concerned you're feeling pain from your workouts two days later at your age, so make sure you keep it within your ability and move up in intensity at a pace you can handle, and most importantly, make sure you're doing everything correctly.  If you're not and this is causing you increased recovery time, it will also show up when you start to get old with lots of injuries.  Protect your shoulders, your knees, your lower back -- trust me on this!
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I think it is great you are lifting some weights.  

Are you concerned about your height?  How tall are your parents and when did you start going through puberty?  Is your adam's apple protruding yet?  
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