I am beginning to think that my iron (which is down to around 4 (should be 9) and my hb is around 10 (should be around 12) is down to my inflammation: esr 120 and crp 114. I'm soooo tired what with still flaring after 9 months. I take ferrous fumarate 3 x a day. I'm off to the docs in the tomorrow to ask what I can do. I'm taking prednisolone now (into my 2nd week of 30mg) and I don't look so inflamed even though I'm still very sore. Will my hb/iron increase ? Trouble is the docs don't really know what to do.