What is palindromic rheumatism?
Palindromic rheumatism causes attacks of joint pain and inflammation which come and go, often quite suddenly and in different joints. Read more
What are the symptoms of palindromic rheumatism?
During an attack, affected joints and tendons feel painful and stiff and may be hot, tender and swollen. In between attacks, people with palindromic rheumatism usually feel well. Read more
What causes palindromic rheumatism?
Studies into palindromic rheumatism have shown that inflammatory cells move into the lining of the joint, causing inflammation. It's not yet known what triggers this. Read more
How is palindromic rheumatism diagnosed?
There's no specific test for palindromic rheumatism. The diagnosis will be made based on your symptoms and, if possible, a physical examination during an attack. Read more
What is the outlook for palindromic rheumatism?
Palindromic rheumatism varies a great deal from person to person so it’s impossible to predict what to expect. Some people may go on to develop rheumatoid arthritis, but about 10–15% find their symptoms completely disappear. Read more
What treatments are there for palindromic rheumatism?
Treatments for palindromic rheumatism include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), local steroid injections and disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). Read more
What can I do to help myself when I have palindromic rheumatism?
Resting your joints during an attack will help, but you should get moving once severe inflammation has settled down. Finding a balance between rest and exercise, and keeping to a healthy diet and weight should also help. Read more
Living with palindromic rheumatism
Living with a long-term condition can be difficult especially when it's unpredictable. It's important to get support to help you manage any difficulties your condition causes. Read more
Research and new developments for palindromic rheumatism
Studies into other forms of inflammatory arthritis may lead to better treatments for palindromic rheumatism. Read more