I’m surprised your doctor doesn’t know more about thalassemia! It’s most common in the Mediterranean region, which isn’t that far from you guys.
In fact, the name comes from the Greek “Thalassa” and “haemia”, meaning “sea” and “blood”, respectively.
If the thalassemia that you have (there are tons of versions, so it’s hard to tell you exactly) is affecting your bone marrow, of course it makes sense that you would experience bone pain - the nociceptors in bone marrow and endostium comprise both myelinated and unmyelinated sensory neurons, so it’s not uncommon to experience both sharp, shooting, instant pain, as well as prolonged, dull (but often serious) somatic pain, when the marrow is affected.
If you have a bit of medical knowledge, Medscape has some good information on both beta thalassemia and alpha thalassemia, and the Thalassemia Foundation has some good information covering all of the known variants.
<3 I’ve gotten about 15 anons (and, thankfully, several non-anons) in the past 2 hours, and while I’d love to help you all, I really really cant.
Trust me, you’re cool even if you’re below average or way above average or two feet tall! Don’t worry about it, and if you want to know the reasons why, your doctor knows way more than me ^_^
I mean, there’s always a chance if you’re not above the age where your epiphyseal plates fuse, you’re probably at your adult height, or close to it.
…just in case your bones have got some growth left in them, get some sun and eat some fruits and veggies, yes? Even the winter sun has lots of vitamin D in it, and you REALLY need proper vitamins and minerals to grow to your complete potential.
I see that :( From a few correspondences that my friend had with the organizer of this fundraiser, I gather that they have a very limited number of highly-skilled restorationists, so while the overall cost of all of the repairs/reinforcements of all of the skulls in this collection is probably going to take 3-5x the amount they raised this year, and that’s before the ongoing maintenance costs to make sure they don’t fall apart in the future, their staff can only put in so many hours.
But! That means that this is going to be a multi-year program, and it looks like next year might have some tiered benefits. But nothing’s set in stone yet…all I know is that this is for sure going on at least through 2015, and they’re probably going to kick off the fundraiser on Halloween next year, so mark your calendars :D