Home Treatment for Pain Caused by Sickle Cell Disease
Home treatment for
sickle cell disease includes steps you can take to
control pain symptoms. You and your doctor can develop a plan for home
treatment of symptoms, which you can refer to when pain begins.
Treatment of pain at home is a way of life for most people with sickle
cell disease. Sickle cell pain varies from person to person, from mild to
severe, and from occasional to constant. Some people experience numerous
painful events a year, while others experience none.
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cases, you can treat mild to severe sickle cell pain at home with a combination
of pain medicines, plenty of fluids, and comfort measures such as heating
pads. But painful events can become severe and last
for days to weeks. Such extreme pain requires aggressive pain medicine that
must be monitored in the hospital. If pain is increasing and is not relieved by
treatment at home, call your doctor and seek emergency medical care.
Mild to moderate body pain and some painful events can be treated at
Practicing pain management skills,
such as distraction, guided imagery, deep breathing, relaxation, and self-talk.
These skills can help you and/or your child focus away from the pain. A
pain specialist can teach you pain management skills.
For more severe pain, take
regular doses of pain medicine prescribed by your doctor.
pain management plan you developed with your doctor to help decide what type of
pain medicine to use. You are probably the best judge of when it's necessary to
use a stronger prescription painkiller.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Martin Steinberg, MD - Hematology
October 7, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 07, 2010
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