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Sickle Cell Trait with symptoms?

I've been told that people with sickle cell trait can't experience symptoms but I often get painful cramping down the front of my shins, sometimes making it difficult to stand up. It's not a spasm type cramping and happens more often when I've been particularly active. I'm 22 and I've had this all my life and so has my dad who also has the trait. I also work in a very hot kitchen and I seem to feel the heat much more than my other co-workers and often get breathless and the painful legs when its particularly hot. I feel like these could be related to my sickle cell trait. Could these be sickling symptoms?

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This is quite difficult to answer, as some of the pain you are describing sounds like it could just be regular muscle spasms, that anyone could suffer from, regardless of if they have the trait or even the full blown disease. But on the other hand, I have heard of cases where people who have trait suffer from 'sickle-cell' like symptoms. There is always a tendency to blame any pain on sickle cell, but sometimes muscle pain is just muscle pain. Sickle pain feels more like a beat; if you've ever had your hand trapped in a door you'll know what I mean, it's that throbbing pain. I suggest you get it checked out by the Doctor. Hope you feel better soon.


Shorting pain up and down my arm faint them more prevalent


If you work in a hot kitchen you must ensure you drink plenty of fluids.

People with sickle cell trait easily suffer from heat exhaustion if dehydrated.


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