According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the following constitute the basic symptoms of Sickle Cell:
- Shortness of breath
- Coldness in the hands and feet
- Pale skin
- Chest pain
The final question I hadn't addressed is lifespan, and I didn't address it because that is an unfortunately vague issue within Sickle Cell Anemia, as far as my research has shown. I remember a few years ago that a University of Missouri football player died during practice from complications with Sickle Cell disease. In fact, there have been a number of fatalities due to Sickle Cell in sports. However, according to Dr. Spock, there's is a great chance of living well into adulthood for those with the trait.
I'm glad I went back to research this again, because despite the problems associated with this issue, Sickle Cell has a lot of hope to offer us who have loved-ones suffering from other Autosomal Recessive Diseases.