What is sickle cell pain like?

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What is sickle cell pain like?

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answered Oct 8, 2022 by lightsensor (10,910 points)
Sickle cell pain can be a sharp, stabbing, dull or throbbing pain which can be in your stomach, chest, arms, legs, and knees as well as your back.

Sickle cell anemia is painful as a result of the sickled cells traveling through small blood vessels can get stuck and block blood flow throughout the body, causing pain.

Sickle cell is diagnosed by taking a blood test and checking the blood for the form of the hemoglobin that underlies the sickle cell anemia.

Sickle cell is not any more common in males than females as sickle cell is not gender related.

The sickle cell anemia affects males and females about the same and sickle cell occurs in 1 out of every 365 black or African Americans who are born.

When someone has sickle cell disease the sickle cells that block the blood flow to the persons organs will deprive the affected organs on oxygen and blood.

When a person has sickle cell anemia the blood is also chronically low in oxygen and the lack of oxygen rich blood can then lead to damaged nerves and organs which can include the liver and spleen and the kidneys can then be fatal.

Sickle cell disease does get worse with age and as a person transitions from childhood into adulthood the person with sickle cell disease typically has more medical problems.

People are born with sickle cell disease as it's a genetic disease.

Sickle cell anemia cannot be prevented as sickle cell anemia is a blood disorder that is inherited and is a genetic condition.

The cure for sickle cell disease costs as much as $85,000.00 to as much as $113,00.00 per year until you're cured of the sickle cell disease.

Sickle cell is more common in Africa because there's at least 45 percent of people in Africa who are carriers of the sickle cell disease.

Sickle cell disease has become so widespread in Africa because being a carrier offers a survival advantage against malaria.

A sickle cell crisis can be pretty painful and cause a stabbing pain, dull pain or a sharp or throbbing pain.

The sickle cell crisis is pain which can begin suddenly and last for several hours and even several days.

Triggers of a sickle cell crisis include low blood volume, increased blood acidity and low oxygen levels.

Other conditions that can trigger a sickle cell crisis are strenuous or excessive exercise, shortage of oxygen and a sudden change in temperature.

The 5 symptoms of a sickle cell crisis are.
Severe headache.
Sudden Vision Changes.
Confusion.
One Sided Paralysis or weakness in your face, legs or arms.
Difficulty walking or difficulty talking.

Fruits that are good for sickle cell patients to eat are apricots, apples, melons, pears and bananas.

Dried fruits that are good for sickle cell patients are dates, raisins and prunes.

Even oatmeal, buckwheat and quinoa are also good foods for sickle cell patients to eat.

The symptoms of sickle cell are swelling, pain, Jaundice, paleness, extreme tiredness, weakness, belly pain and an enlarged spleen.

Other signs and symptoms of sickle cell include loss of consciousness, facial droop, speech problems, weakness in the legs and arms, headache and seizures.

Sickle cell disease can be pretty fatal although it's not always fatal for everyone.

Sickle cell disease can cause strokes, lung problems and serious infections which can be fatal.

Sickle cells that block blood flow to organs deprive the affected organs of blood and oxygen.

In sickle cell anemia, blood is also chronically low in oxygen and the lack of oxygen-rich blood can damage nerves and organs, including kidneys, liver and spleen, and can be fatal.

People born with sickle cell disease live on average of 18 years to 42 to 47 years.

The national median life expectancy of a person with sickle cell disease is 42 to 47 years and people with sickle cell disease face challenges which includes organ damage, stroke and severe pain episodes.

Sickle cell patients should avoid very strenuous exercise although some exercise is still okay.

Also avoid any really strenuous activity or work.

Those with sickle cell should also avoid smoking and alcohol and should stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Sickle cell can be detected after birth by age 4 to 6 months of age and sickle cell can also be detected during pregnancy and soon after birth.

Sickle cell disease is usually detected during pregnancy or soon after birth.

Blood tests can also be carried out at any time to check for the condition or to see if you're a sickle cell carrier and are at risk of having a child with the condition.

The people who most commonly get sickle cell disease are those of of African descent which includes African Americans, Hispanic Americans from South America and Central America and people of Mediterranean, Indian, Asian or Middle Eastern descent.

White people can also get sickle cell but it's not as common in white people.

People get sickle cell disease because it is inherited when a child receives two sickle cell genes—one from each parent.

A person with SCD can pass the disease or SCT on to his or her children.

White people can get sickle cell disease although sickle cell disease is most common in African heritage of people.

Anyone of any race or color can get sickle cell disease.

The difference between sickle cell anemia and sickle cell disease is sickle cell anemia is a specific type of Sickle cell disease in which there are 2 sickle cell genes.

The sickle cell disease is a serious of conditions that are inherited and are genetic which affects the red blood cells in the blood.

Sickle cell can be cured through bone marrow transplants and stem cell replacement.

However these cures are rarely done for sickle cell disease because they carry significant risks.

The stem cells are special cells that are produced by bone marrow which are a spongy tissue that is found in the center of some bones and they can turn into different types of blood cells.

Sickle cells are a group of disorders that cause red blood cells to become misshapen and break down.

Sickle cell disease is caused by inheriting the sickle cell gene.

It's not caused by anything the parents did before or during the pregnancy and you cannot catch it from someone who has it.

Sickle cells that block blood flow to organs deprive the affected organs of blood and oxygen.

In sickle cell anemia, blood is also chronically low in oxygen.

This lack of oxygen-rich blood can damage nerves and organs, including kidneys, liver and spleen, and can be fatal.

The symptoms of sickle cell disease are.

Breathing problems (shortness of breath or pain when breathing or both) Extreme tiredness. Headache or dizziness. Painful erections in males.

People with sickle cell disease (SCD) start to have signs of the disease during the first year of life, usually around 5 months of age.

Symptoms and complications of SCD are different for each person and can range from mild to severe.

Can Women With Sickle Cell Disease Have A Healthy Pregnancy?

Yes, with early prenatal care and careful monitoring throughout the pregnancy, a woman with SCD can have a healthy pregnancy.

However, women with SCD are more likely to have problems during pregnancy that can affect their health and that of their unborn baby.

People with sickle cell disease should be active, but intense activities that cause you to become seriously out of breath are best avoided. avoid alcohol and smoking – alcohol can cause you to become dehydrated and smoking can trigger a serious lung condition called acute chest syndrome.

The main symptoms of sickle cell disease are: painful episodes called sickle cell crises, which can be very severe and last up to a week.

An increased risk of serious infections. anemia (where red blood cells cannot carry enough oxygen around the body), which can cause tiredness and shortness of breath.

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