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At the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Leigh Ann Wilson is a licensed clinical social worker and Collin Montgomery is the program coordinator for the Adult Sickle Cell Program. Pain is the hallmark symptom of sickle cell disease, which is often managed by hematologists or...

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In a recent issue of the journal of Substance Use & Misuse, a study of sickle cell disease patients was discussed. It is well known that, in the sickle cell disease population, chronic pain rates are high. Perhaps less well known are the levels of mental health issues. Even less known? Levels of...

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Potential treatments

  • Increased fluid intake: sickle cell disease patients are more at risk for dehydration because they can’t concentrate their urine
  • Ibuprofen, NSAIDs
  • SSRIs, SNRIs
  • Gabapentinoids
  • Antispasmodics
  • Hot baths, heating pads, hot packs
  • Massage
  • Distraction
  • Activity when...

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Newswise — Cannabis appears to be a safe and potentially effective treatment for the chronic pain that afflicts people with sickle cell disease, according to a new clinical trial co-led by University of California, Irvine researcher Kalpna Gupta and Dr. Donald Abrams of UC San Francisco. The...

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Leigh Ann Wilson is a licensed clinical social worker and Collin Montgomery is the program coordinator for the Adult Sickle Cell Program, both at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Why and how did they develop a clinical decision tool to standardize opioid prescribing...

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Newswise — Identifying the type of pain an adult with sickle cell disease (SCD) experiences may be useful in improving treatment, according to a new study by researchers at Yale Cancer Center (YCC) and Smilow Cancer Hospital. The findings are to be presented Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the 61st Am...

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Newswise — Sickle cell disease is a hereditary disorder that affects red blood cells, distorting their natural disc shape into a crescent moon or “sickle” shape. Normal red blood cells move freely through small vessels throughout the body to deliver oxygen. With sickle cell disease, the misshapen...

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