Does low RBC mean anemia?
Hi all, newbie here.
I was told by an endocrinologist that I am a little anemic due to the fact that my RBC was 3.99 (scale 4.5-5.1), and RDW was 13.6 (scale 11.5 - 13.4). However, they found nothing wrong with iron, B12 or folate (which were all very good in range) so they dropped the issue. However, when I got copies of labs I saw that Ferritin was only 11 on a scale of normal being 10-299!
Asked my PCP about it and he said, no you are NOT anemic! Anemic means that your hemoglobin is low and yours isn't (it was at low end of normal but not below). He said RBC doesn't mean anything!
From what I've read the very definition of anemia is "low red blood cells". Am I crazy or is my doc?
Can someone explain this, and should I be upping my iron level due to the ferritin being low?
Thanks for any input!