For many years I have been living with pain and was tested as having AS trait. Recently after having at least 3 painful episodes in less than 8 months, I was referred to a hematologist. He explained that I could not be in crisis with only the trait and decided to complete further tests. Well the results are in and I have been diagnosed as having Sickle Beta+Thalessimmia, a mutated form of the Sickle Cell Disease. What this means, I do not know. At present I am completing 10 questions in which to ask the specialist when I meet with him in December . The pain continues.