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How is chronic pain from sickle cell disease treated?

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The long-term effects of sickle cell disease can cause painful problems, especially for adults. For example, poor blood flow can damage bones and joints and cause pain.

To help you with chronic pain, your doctor may prescribe painkillers to take every day. She may also recommend physical therapy or orthopedic devices to support your back or limbs. And in some cases, doctors may recommend surgery to correct a problem that’s hurting you, or temporarily numb a nerve to give you relief.

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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