The impact
sickle cell disease
has on you

Sickle cell disease can affect your body, mind,
and overall life

Ongoing health issues related to sickle cell disease happen in many parts of the body.

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Other health issues, such as infections, cardiac dysfunction, hepatic dysfunction, and splenic dysfunction may occur in the body as well.

Despite these serious health risks, 68% of pain crises in the Netherlands, for example, are managed at home. It is important that you seek the medical care you need. Be sure to tell a doctor about every pain crisis you or your child has. He or she can help come up with a game plan to better manage any future pain crises.

Problems that may affect your emotional life

Like other people with sickle cell disease, you or your child may be affected by some or all of the following problems:

Depression
Depression

Depression

Up to 30% of people with sickle cell have depression

Anxiety
Anxiety

Anxiety

Up to 10% of people with sickle cell experience anxiety

Fatigue
Fatigue

Fatigue

People with sickle cell may experience fatigue

difficulty learn
difficulty learn

Difficulty learning and paying attention

People with sickle cell disease are at greater risk of these challenges

Isomnia
Isomnia

Difficulty sleeping

People with sickle cell disease are at greater risk for sleep difficulties

Problems that may affect your work, school, and social life

Like other people with sickle cell disease, you or your child may be affected by some or all of the following problems:

Sickle cell disease can have a widespread effect on the body. This can make managing the condition feel overwhelming. But, when you understand how pain crises affect your mind, body, and overall life, you are better prepared to talk to a doctor about tips to help you manage any future events.

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