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Palindromic rheumatism

If you’re living with palindromic rheumatism (sometimes called palindromic arthritis) you probably experience multiple ‘flares’ during which your joints, and sometimes your skin, become inflamed. Flares can be unpredictable, very quick and short-lived, affecting different joints at different times, sometimes very severely. Between attacks, joints tend to go back to normal, so it can be difficult to diagnose.

Even with a diagnosis, information about the disease is still hard to find, and lack of research limits treatment options.

What work is Arthritis Research UK doing on palindromic rheumatism?

With the support of a charitable trust we've conducted a programme of work on palindromic rheumatism. Our aim is to help healthcare professionals to better understand and treat the disease, and to give people with palindromic rheumatism the information they need.

The first step was a patient survey, and you can read the Summary Report or the Full Report online. Many thanks to everybody who took part – the level of response was fantastic and your responses to the survey have helped to shape our patient information resource on palindromic rheumatism.

We've also funded a clinical research project which will tell us much more about this poorly understood condition. 

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