I was just wondering if there is any connection between RA or similar diseases and iron deficiency anaemia.
I have my first appointment with my Rheumy on Monday, my GP suspecting I may have RA or something similar. When he did a blood test 2 months ago he said my red blood cell count was slightly low and put me on iron tablets for 2 months. I had another blood test on Friday once I'd finished the tablets and have just had a call from the surgery saying my GP wants me to take iron tablets for anote 3 months, so my red blood cell count is obviously still low. My GP nurse also told me my white blood cell count after the first test was sligtly high.
I'm sure I've heard somewhere that high white and low red cell counts can be another indiciation of RA.
Does anyone know if this is correct?