Sickle Cell Anemia

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Sickle cell anemia is an inherited disease in which the body is unable to produce normal hemoglobin, an iron-containing protein. Sickle cell anemia is a disease in which the body is unable to produce normal hemoglobin, an iron-containing protein. Abnormal hemoglobin can change cells that can become stuck in narrow blood vessels, blocking oxygen from reaching organs and tissues. Tissue that does not get a normal blood flow eventually becomes damaged. This is what causes the problems of sickle cell disease. As to this day there is really no cure for Sickle Cell Disease. I choose to topic because there are a number of persons in my family who have Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). From personal experience I knew that the disease could take a toll on a person but not exactly how. I believe sickle cell to be complex genetic disorder that can directly and indirectly affect a child not only physically but mentally as well. I knew that sickle cell affects ones blood, this led me to question if the disease could inflict pain, and what other symptoms accompanied the disease when it came to the physical aspect of it.

Although sickle cell is only a blood disorder, there are pains, that often accompanying disease. Children, who do have sickle cell, can often become dehydrated, along with experiencing severe pains in their thighs, arms, hands and feet. In the article “Pain and Sickle Cell Anemia” it’s said that normal pains of SCD can be treated with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. These are medications people used every day, for headaches, sprains, arthritis symptoms, and other daily discomforts. There are times when pains get severe and patients must be admitted in to the hospital. To cease pains doctors will often provide the patient with...

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