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Anemia of chronic disease refers to a low red blood cell count caused by long term disease or illness like arthritis, other auto-immune diseases, cancer, and almost any other debilitating process. I suffered from this for almost 2 years, giving myself a weekly injection of Procrit to help my body make more blood cells. I suffer from scleraderma and rhumetoid arthritis as well as lung disease and chronic pain. The funny thing is this: My H&H (hematocrit and hemoglobin sp?) ranged from 9.8 to 10.5 and 32-34. This was definately considered to be anemic until the medical powers that be determined that anything 10.0 and above was now considered normal! So, my hematologist took me off the Procrit and said - "Now the lab has different criteria and your numbers don't indicate the continued use of the Procrit."! I was dumbfounded! I still have the same symptoms, I still have the same disease process, yet because the standards for lab results have changed I am now considered to be fine. Go figure!! Anyway, back to the anemia of chronic disease part: Diseases can compromise your bodies ability to make adequate numbers of red blood cells in your bone marrow. Once the disease or infection has been in remission (if possible) most anemias of this type will cease to be an issue. I do know that when folks have this type of anemia taking iron is not the answer! Folks who are bleeding out (in their bellies for instance) or those who lose blood on a regular basis will have the type of anemia that requires iron. In some cases, taking iron without knowing the real cause of anemia can be harmful. Cancers utilize iron to spread and proliferate their cells, so if the underlying cause of your anemia is a leukemia or other cancer, you could in fact be feeding the disease by taking over the counter irons. It's a very interesting topic though! As far as the sed rate goes - a sed rate can be elevated due to anything from a cold to a life threatening infection like MRSA. It is an indication of inflammation and since people with a history of rhematoid arthritis and other auto-immune diseases have increased inflammation, the increase sed rate would be expected to be higher than normal, but not always. Memere (K'Mac)