I'am 52 years old, and have sickle cell trait. I get so sick of people telling that people with the trait only have 1% of the crisis problems. Mostly no problems related to the trait at all! As a teenager, i had severe stomach pains, and illnesses that lasted longer than they normally should. Not to mention, that it was easy to to catch illnesses, and hard to fight off anything. Medical field claims to be smart that one of my brothers learned only at almost 50 that he even had a trait! So why do they lie and tell us that our trait isn't the cause of joint stiffness, lack of energy, unable to stand for long, and pain daily?