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Staying Healthy and Managing Pain

It is very important to remember that there are things that you can do to try to stay healthy and avoid pain crisis.

  • Drink at least two to three liters (70-100 oz) of water daily (equals about four to six bottles of water)
  • Eat a well balanced diet
  • Don't smoke, drink alcohol or use street drugs
  • Sleep eight to nine hours every night
  • Avoid very hot or cold weather
  • Go to your doctor for regular check-ups
  • Take your prescribed medicines every day
  • Get your influenza (flu) vaccine every fall

You also need to know your limits. People with sickle cell disease should avoid certain activities. However, remember the list of things that you can do is much longer! If you have any questions about a specific activity, ask your doctor. You know your body best, so with experience, you will find what activities are best for you.