World Sickle Cell Day: What you may not know about the painful disorder

I cannot imagine how painful this must be. Props to all those who work to help people (especially kids) with this disease.

Sickle cells are sticky and block blood flow in vessels, which not only puts patients at risk of stroke, it causes intense pain, says Dr. Melanie Kirby-Allen, a hematologist from Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.

”The hallmark of the disease is what are called painful vaso-occlusive crises, where patients have significant bone pain requiring hospitalization and a lot of pain medications,” she told CTV’s Canada AM.