Palindromic Rheumatism is so called because it is a type of rheumatism (or arthritis) which ‘comes and goes’ (hence the palindrome part of the name).
This means that the flare-ups or pain can come and go but it also means that it can move from one joint to another. It can affect several joints at once.
According to my consultant, about a third of people diagnosed with PR go on to develop rheumatoid arthritis, a third get completely better and a third carry on as they have been – with flare ups of varying intensity. Unlike Rheumatoid Arthritis joint damage is less likely with PR.
Because it is relatively rare, there is not much known about it. Treatment with “disease-modifying drugs” is often the same as with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
To read more about PR, visit: http://www.palindromicrheumatism.org/whatispr.shtml