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Fighting Misconceptions About Sickle Cell Disease In The ER


Acute and unpredictable pain, severe enough to require large doses of narcotics, is a well-documented feature of sickle cell disease. But Tanabe has found that patients in sickle cell crisis often aren’t treated properly by doctors and nurses. They erroneously think the patients may be running scams, seeking drugs.

Patients suffering recurrent episodes know what works for their pain, but some doctors and nurses take that knowledge a sign of addiction. Patients with sickle cell pain wait an average of 30 minutes longer for pain medication than people with other extremely painful conditions, such as kidney stones, Tanabe’s research shows.