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How to survive with sickle cell anemia

Sickle cell anemia is a disorder of the blood caused by an inherited abnormal hemoglobin resulting to distorted (sickled) red blood cells. The sickled red blood cells are fragile and prone to rupture. When the number of red blood cells decreases from rupture (hemolysis), anemia is the result. This condition is referred to as sickle cell anemia. The irregular sickled cells can also block blood vessels causing tissue and organ damage and pain. Major symptoms of this disease include: Bacterial infection, fatigue, leg ulcers, eye damage, lung and heart injury among others.

This disease varies widely from person to person. The severity of pain can range from mild to severe.Here are some of the steps to manage and reduce your chances of pain: Discuss your symptoms with your doctor and find ways to relieve your pain. This may include medicine and other relief methods such as heating pads or physical therapy.

Every time you’re in sudden pain, try to figure out what may have caused it. Being dehydrated can also increase your risk of a sickle crisis, so drink about 8 glasses of water a day. Drink more fluid if you’re exercising or in hot weather.You should eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein.

Aim for about 2 hours 30 minutes of moderate exercise a week, such as walking or running.Talk with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine. Physical activity is key in staying healthy. At the same time, you don’t want to overdo it. Rest when you get tired. It is important to get all recommended vaccines, including the annual flu shot, and pneumococcal and meningococcal vaccines. Common illnesses, like the flu, can quickly become dangerous if you have sickle cell disease.

The life expectancy of persons with sickle cell anemia is reduced. Some patients, however, can remain without symptoms for years, while others do not survive infancy or early childhood. Nevertheless, with optimal management patients can now survive beyond the fourth decade.

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