My wife, with 25 years old, has a diagnosys of sickle cell trait, but...
In the country where I live, Portugal, sickle cell is very uncommon and doctors have litle knowledge os this condition.
She has analysis with levels of 36,5% on hemoglobin S, when regular levels are <0,1%. The doctor says she has only the sickle cell trait, and alpha talassemia trait, that is why she has symptoms of the disease.
Anyway, my wife has many symptoms of sickle cell disease like: she has leg pain crisis about twice a year, blood circulation problems, athsma (or is it acute chest syndrome???) fatigue and weakness. By the way, she also has a severe myopia and weak theets. Her iron levels are very low, then her doctor prescribes her iron supplies.
Her hematologist says her condition is "bizarre" but he says she does not have the disease. In the other hand, our family doctor and a french doctor in our health center said that it is very strange that she doen't have the disease since she has pain episodes on her legs, for instance.
Other question: may an acute chest syndrome be confused with athsma? Because her allergologist says she has athsma and she prescribes her symbicort, a corticoid.
I ask this once again: Is it possible that someone with the trait has 36% of hemoglobin S, and 64% of regular hemoglobin?
Please help us!