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People with sickle cell disease sometimes have pain. When this happens, it is called a sickle cell crisis, or pain crisis.
Sickle cell disease changes the shape of a person’s red blood cells. Instead of being flexible and disc-shaped, they are curved and stiff. These sickle-shaped blood cells don’t flow through blood vessels easily, and can clog the vessels. If this happens, blood and oxygen can’t get through, and parts of the body (like the heart, lungs, and kidneys) can’t work the way they should. The blockage also can cause pain.
Pain crises are more likely when someone is sick, dehydrated, cold, or stressed.
Pain during a sickle cell crisis can happen anywhere in the body, such as the arms, legs, joints, back, or chest. It can come on suddenly, and be mild or severe. The pain can last for a few hours, a few days, or sometimes longer.
If you have a pain crisis, tell an adult what’s going on. To help ease the pain, you can:
If these things don’t help, you may need prescription pain medicine. If you are still in pain, call your doctor or go to the ER. You may need to get stronger medicines and
fluids in the hospital.
Sometimes a pain crisis happens for reasons you can’t control, like when you’re sick. But to lower your chances of having a crisis, you can:
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Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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