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What is a long remission of rheumatoid arthritis?

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When you're in a long remission, your pain and stiffness goes away or gets much better, but you aren't cured.

In a few people with rheumatoid arthritis -- about 5% to 10% -- the disease starts suddenly, and then they have no symptoms for many years, even decades.

SOURCES: 

Breedveld, F., , January 2005.  Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

Harris, E., , W.B. Saunders, 2005.  Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology, 7th edition

Krishnan, E., , Oct. 1 2003.  American Journal of Medicine

Lee D. , Sept. 15, 2001. The Lancet

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 09, 2018

SOURCES: 

Breedveld, F., , January 2005.  Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

Harris, E., , W.B. Saunders, 2005.  Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology, 7th edition

Krishnan, E., , Oct. 1 2003.  American Journal of Medicine

Lee D. , Sept. 15, 2001. The Lancet

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 09, 2018

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