My rheumatologist said he believes that I had palindromic rheumatism that has turned into RA. What is Palindromic Rheumatism and how does it turn into RA? My RA factor is positive and the titer is 80. I am a 39 yr old female.
Palindromic rheumatism is characterized by severe inflammation in the joints that is episodic– each episode lasting from several hours to several days before resolving ccompletely. In between the episodes, the joints often feel normal. The frequency of the episodes is also variable. In many cases, palindromic rheumatism evolves into more classic RA with persistent pain and swelling in the joints.