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What is palindromic rheumatism

By August 28, 2017 - 12:20pm
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I am 48 yrs of age and have delt with chronic pain for years. I've seen 2 orthopedic specialists only to be told that my problem isn't orthopedic. I saw one rheumatologist in 2011 and he found nothing. Today the same Dr told me he believes I have palindromic rheumatism. I can't find any information on it. Can u help me?

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Hello VanessaEpps

Thank you for writing.

Palindromic rheumatism is a very unusual form of rheumatism which may explain the delay in your diagnosis. I'm sorry you've lived with chronic pain for so long. These "invisible disease" are very cruel.

Palindromic rheumatism is different to "regular" rheumatism in that it comes and goes at it's own pace and for it's own reasons - even stress can trigger a flare. People with rheumatism deal with the pain that inflammation causes all the time, every day. People with PR can have flares for weeks or months and then return to being symptom free for some time. Flares tend to be very sudden and generally are quite painful and difficult to deal with.

Vanessa, your rheumatologist can explain more to you about this condition and Arthritis.org has good information and also discusses treatment. Please cut and paste this link to know more: http://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/types/palindromic-rheumatism/

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August 28, 2017 - 3:11pm
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