We Must End the Stigma of Pain Medication for Sickle Cell Crises

We Must End the Stigma of Pain Medication for Sickle Cell Crises

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We Must End the Stigma of Pain Medication for Sickle Cell Crises

The pain from a sickle cell crisis is one of the most devastating things I have felt. It is unpredictable and can eat away at you physically, spiritually, and mentally. The normal response to severe pain is to cure it or ease it, which usually involves taking some type of painkiller. But I’ve never felt comfortable taking painkillers, despite the severe pain episodes I have because of sickle cell disease. It isn’t the size or…

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