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How can you relieve pain from sickle cell disease?

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Most people can handle a pain crisis on their own at home. But if the pain doesn’t go away or is severe, you or your child may have to go to the hospital for more treatment. Your doctor may need to give you fluids through an IV, or she may prescribe more powerful painkillers.

Many doctors help people with sickle cell disease come up with a plan to manage pain episodes. It can guide you through specific steps to find pain relief on your own. Ask your doctor to help you create one before an attack.

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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