This has been a hot summer, and as a result, we've seen sickle cell patients running into all kinds of trouble. Sickle cell is an annoying disease in that everything can set off a crisis. If it's too hot or too cold, too much exercise or not enough, dehydrated or drinking the wrong liquids... there are so many triggers and they're all common sorts of things.
Because sickle cell patients have been running into so much trouble, the nurses and physicians are complaining about them and their unbelievable consumption of opioids. I've seen some patients take in enough dilaudid to put down a horse. People accuse them all the time of drug seeking and inappropriate use.
The thing about having sickle cell disease though is that it is rife with chronic ischemic pain. That hurts. It also lowers life expectancy by decades with median age at time of death in the 40's. That sucks.
I hate giving out huge doses of opioids as much as the next guy, but pain is pain, and if I had sickle cell, then I'd want a little more dilaudid too.