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Sickle Cell Disease: Pain Management

key information

source: Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

year: 2020

summary/abstract:

Pain is a long-lasting problem for people who have sickle cell disease. Bouts of severe pain can last for hours to days and are difficult to treat. Pain can be exhausting for caregivers as well as for the person in pain. A pain management plan can help a person cope with chronic pain and with pain caused by a sickle cell crisis.

Your doctor or a pain treatment specialist can help you make a pain management plan. This plan includes instructions on how to treat mild pain at home. And it tells you when you need to go to the hospital if your pain gets worse. Your management plan:

– Clarifies your and your doctor’s preferences ahead of time.

– Explains your needs to other health professionals who care for you.

– Offers you some predictability and control during times of crisis.

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