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Palindromic Rheumatism

Palindromic Rheumatism

An inflammatory form of arthritis, palindromic rheumatism affects multiple joints. This article discusses the causes, symptoms, and treatment of this condition.
Shashank Nakate
Palindromic rheumatism is characterized by attacks of arthritis that develop rapidly and suddenly. The interval between two attacks is not fixed. Different signs of this disorder are swelling of joints, redness, acute joint pain, and disability. Multiple joints are affected by this problem. The problem occurs primarily in joints of fingers, knees, and other larger joints. Actual or physical damage to the joints is not caused from the attacks. The attacks may recur every few days or weeks.
The Disorder
It is a rare kind of inflammatory arthritis, and is sometimes referred to as a syndrome (collection of symptoms) due to the distinctive features. In the United States of America, out of 2.1 million rheumatoid arthritis patients, 105,000 to 262,500 are affected by this condition. The syndrome occurs in people between 20 and 50 years of age. In this disorder, joint deformities are not observed. Roentgenographic manifestations too are not observed. The symptoms don't exhibit a fixed pattern. Blood test results show an increase in the CRP and ESR levels. ESR is an abbreviated form of 'Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate'. The ESR level indicates the degree to which the body is inflamed. CRP stands for C-reactive protein.
Causes
There is no specific cause of this health problem. The symptom is described as an abortive form of rheumatoid arthritis. This is because a high proportion of Anti-keratin Antibodies (AKA) and Anti-cyclic Citrullinated Peptide Antibodies (Anti-CCP) are present in the body, and a similar condition is observed in the people affected by rheumatoid arthritis.
This disorder can be partly inherited through genes. This is because it is one of the types of autoimmune diseases. Speculations about viruses and bacteria acting as triggers for genes are being made. Hormonal changes can also trigger the development of this disorder in people with certain genes.
Treatment
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed for treatment in most of the cases. These drugs are to be taken at the time of attacks. Other treatment measures being used for the disorder are the local steroid injections and oral steroids. Few drugs are also prescribed in order to prevent attacks in the future. These include colchicine and the disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARD) ones. Drugs like Plaquenil, are given to the patients, in order to decrease the risk of developing connective tissue diseases and rheumatoid arthritis.
Natural Treatment
The aforementioned anti-inflammatory drugs and other medications can be supplemented with few natural treatment measures. Intake of raw potato juice (2 tsp.) everyday before meals is one of the best ways to counter the problem. Consuming plain juice of bitter gourd on a daily basis is also an effective treatment measure for dealing with this health problem. Another natural treatment measure to deal with this health problem is mixing honey with apple cider vinegar, and consuming it with warm water.
This disorder is difficult to treat because attacks may occur suddenly. Palliative treatment or symptomatic form of treatment is therefore, used on a long-term basis for this disorder. Though this type of treatment is helpful in treating the symptoms, one should however, not expect the disease to be cured completely.
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.