I am 22 years old and have known since birth that I was a "carrier" for a genetic blood disease called Thalassemia. My parents told me from an early age that I was not sick but if I was not careful about who I had children with our children would die. This was not the best way to explain thing and I still don't think I will ever want children because of it.
I have become increasingly frustrated lately due to the lack of information about Thalassemia Minor. All of the web journals say there are no symptoms except for "rare cases' but do not really talk about those cases.
The last time that I want to the doctors. I was told that I was anemic and had to go on iron pills but when I mentioned being a carrier I was told that I absolutely should not go on iron pills. As a result I am always tired, I have bouts of depression, get really cold then over heated, my fingers and toes get numb and tingly, and I'm bruises all over.
I would love to hear if anyone has any advice or know of any medical specialists that actually believe in Thalassemia Minor having symptoms.
dgoodspeed dgoodspeed
22-25, F
1 Response Jan 30, 2016

Being a carrier just means that when you fall in love and wish to have children, you and your partner will need to request 'genetic counseling'. This is usually a free service, although the blood test might have a fee, paid through your insurance. Should your partner test positive to also be a carrier, you might choose to consider adoption, as your children will each have a 50/50 chance of having Thalassemia Minor, Intermediate or Major. The Intermediate and Major conditions require a lifetime of medical intervention (Google them). I have Minor and it really is very minor. I'm pale, love naps and get joint pain if I'm dehydrated or if I eat too large a steak (too much iron). My husband was tested before we got pregnant (he's Italian and it's a Mediterranean trait), but he was negative and our kids are super healthy. It's really something you don't need to worry one second about until you decide to get pregs and even then, it's a very, very rare condition.
Hope this helps!