Sickle cell disease is a life altering health complication that affects thousands of children each year. For many, the complications of sickle cell are diagnosed early in childhood when the onset of debilitating pain ensues. If your child has been diagnosed with sickle cell disease, it is important to become familiar with the blood disorder, including the issues associated with severe back pain.
Back pain, in most children, is a part of normal growth and development. In most children, when severe back pain develops, the condition can be related to changes in bone plates and growth spurts. For children who have sickle cell disease, severe back pain may be attributed to other sickle cell complication ranging from sickle cell anemia to ulcerative colitis back pain.
Severe back pain in a child must be managed effectively especially when living with sickle cell disease. To effectively manage this type of health complication, your child will need to manage the pain with prescription pain medications that are appropriate for sickle cell patients. In addition, the sickle cell disease can lead to ischemic complications in organs and so a specialist in cardiovascular health, gastrointestinal health, and even muscular health, must also be consulted. Often, for children with sickle cell disease, these types of specialties will work in collaboration to reduce severe back pain complications.
Using home remedies to resolve severe back pain can be effective but typically these remedies are best suited as preventative measures. Home therapy, use of hot packs and cold packs, and the use of over-the-counter medications, are also important. In the end, severe back pain may still develop but the duration and frequency will be at a minimum.
Complications of pain associated with sickle cell disease are common. Teaching children at a young age to manage severe back pain associated with sickle cell disease will be important to their long term health. If you are concerned about your child’s pain issues, be sure to ask your doctor to assist in creating a collaborative healthcare team of these unique health specialties.
Sources: Understanding Sickle Cell Disease, by Miriam Bloom