Sickle cell disease patients endure pain from time to time. When this happens, a sickle cell crisis, also known as a pain crisis, ensues. Sickle cell disease causes the structure of a person's red blood cells to alter.
Instead of being flexible and disc-shaped, they are curled and hard. Because these sickle-shaped blood cells don't pass readily through blood channels, they clog them. Parts of the body (such as the heart, lungs, and kidneys) can't operate correctly because blood and oxygen can't get through. The blockage might sometimes be excruciatingly unpleasant.
Pain crises are more common when someone is sick, thirsty, cold, or worried. When someone is unwell, thirsty, cold, or anxious, pain crises are more likely. During a sickle cell crisis, pain can develop anywhere on the body, including the arms, legs, joints, back, and chest. It can happen at any time, and it might be mild or severe. The pain might last for several hours, days, or even weeks.
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