If you have sickle cell disease, you've probably had pain in your bones or other parts of your body. These are called sickle cell crises, and they can happen anywhere from several times a year to every few years.
You might hear your doctor call sickle crisis by its formal name -- vaso-occlusive crisis. It's called that because the crisis is caused by blocked, or occluded, blood vessels.
The outbreaks of pain are one of the symptoms of sickle cell disease, a group of blood disorders. If you have...
Central pain syndrome is characterized by a mixture of pain sensations, the most prominent being a constant burning. The steady burning sensation is sometimes increased by light touch. Pain also increases in the presence of temperature changes, most often cold temperatures. A loss of sensation can occur in affected areas, most prominently on distant parts of the body, such as the hands and feet. There may be brief, intolerable bursts of sharp pain on occasion.
How Is Central Pain Syndrome Treated?
Pain medications often provide little or no relief for those affected by central pain syndrome. However, some antidepressants and anticonvulsants can be useful in treating central pain syndrome.