I am planning to take Rituximab for Rheumatoid Arthritis but my red blood cell count is very low. Does Rituximab helps to increase blood count also?

See below. First, find out what causes your anemia. If your anemia is caused by chronic inflammation such as RA, treating the underlying etiology for anemia by Rituximab will eventually lead to an increase red blood cell count. If your anemia is caused autoimmune-medicated hemolysis, Rituximab can also help increase red cell counts. But, Rituximab itself does not have direct effect on red cell production.

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Need more info. What type of pills? Unless you have bad reaction to the pills, you should continue taking those. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Read more...

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Sometimes you can't. Sometimes you don't. There can be a lot of overlap and an absolute diagnosis may only be apparent over time. A low white count is only one factor. Without knowing your complete history and lab and x ray results it is impossible for me to be more specific. Read more...
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Worrisome... A 5cm complex cyst with all the other symptoms you describe is worrisome for something more serious. You should take care of this right away. The ovary may need to be surgically removed. It isn't a simple problem and there is a lot of additional information needed to advise you. Your Gyn is the best doc to tell you how to proceed. Best wishes! Read more...