Until recently I've been a bit of a head stuck in the sand type of bloke throughout the 10 years I've had RA, with the mindset that.. the less I now about my disease the better.. if only for my mental well being. Anyway, I'm sat here looking at my methotrexate blood test monitoring booklet with little idea of what the readings mean. Think it's about time I learnt, so much appreciated if someone would be kind enough to enlighten me on the following...
Hb - is it hemoglobin?
MCV - ?
WBC - I know this is white blood cells.
Platelets - something small children eat their dinner off?
Neutrophils - ?
Lymphocytes - something to do with lymph glands?
ALT/AST - ?
Creatinine - kidneys?
CRP - inflamation
ESR - inflamation