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How can you manage a pain crisis in sickle cell disease?

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Most of the time, OTC pain meds like aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen can ease pain from an episode. (People under age 19 should not take aspirin, though.) It may also help to:

  • Drink water or other fluids when your symptoms start. Staying hydrated can help you head off the worst of an attack.
  • Use a heating pad or take a warm bath.
  • Try a massage, acupuncture, or relaxation techniques.
  • Do something to take your mind off your pain. Watch TV, listen to music, or talk on the phone.

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Sickle Cell Disease.”

CDC: “Sickle Cell Disease - Complications and Treatments.”

Pediatric Blood and Cancer : “Impact of individualized pain plan on the emergency management of children with sickle cell disease.”

Current Opinions in Hematology : “Acute pain in children and adults with sickle cell disease: management in the absence of evidence-based guidelines.”

American Family Physician : “Management of Sickle Cell Disease: Recommendations from the 2014 Expert Panel Report.”

News release, U.S. Food and Drug Administration: “FDA approves hydroxyurea for treatment of pediatric patients with sickle cell anemia.”

Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine: “Management of pain in sickle-cell disease.”

Blood: “Evolution of Chronic Pain in Sickle Cell Disease.”

Child Psychiatry and Human Development: “Symptoms of depression and anxiety in adolescents with sickle cell disease.”

Journal of the National Medical Association : “Health-Related Stigma in Young Adults With Sickle Cell Disease.”

British Journal of Haematologydisease: “Psychological complications in sickle cell .”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 06, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Sickle Cell Disease.”

CDC: “Sickle Cell Disease - Complications and Treatments.”

Pediatric Blood and Cancer : “Impact of individualized pain plan on the emergency management of children with sickle cell disease.”

Current Opinions in Hematology : “Acute pain in children and adults with sickle cell disease: management in the absence of evidence-based guidelines.”

American Family Physician : “Management of Sickle Cell Disease: Recommendations from the 2014 Expert Panel Report.”

News release, U.S. Food and Drug Administration: “FDA approves hydroxyurea for treatment of pediatric patients with sickle cell anemia.”

Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine: “Management of pain in sickle-cell disease.”

Blood: “Evolution of Chronic Pain in Sickle Cell Disease.”

Child Psychiatry and Human Development: “Symptoms of depression and anxiety in adolescents with sickle cell disease.”

Journal of the National Medical Association : “Health-Related Stigma in Young Adults With Sickle Cell Disease.”

British Journal of Haematologydisease: “Psychological complications in sickle cell .”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 06, 2018

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