ChristineN, BSN, RN 3,464 Posts Specializes in Pediatric/Adolescent, Med-Surg. Mar 20, 2010 Umm I understood from class that sickle cell was a genetic disorder only affecting african americans. that being said any disease that causes sickle shaped rbcs to lodge in the millions of capillaries all over your body making your body feel like its on fire is a pretty scary thing. usually our docs prescribed heavy pain meds as well as anti anxiety meds like valium. when you treat the anxiety associated with the pain most people report less pain with less pain meds administered. keep in mind that because they have been on pain meds for many years at high dosages the use of pain meds and anti anxiety meds usually has very few ill effects.Sickle cell does not only affect African Americans. There are many arab pts that are also sickle cell (I have take care of several). Also, I remember taking care of the palest white girl you ever saw, and she had sickle cell.