The purpose of this study was to look at noninflammatory symptoms in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients in remission, as well as the link between these complaints and disease parameters. This is a medical records review study of 103 RA patients who have been in remission for at least 6 months. Patients’ clinical and demographic information, such as laboratory values, current number of sensitive and swollen joints, pain level and Patient Global Assessment, previously used medicines, and modified Health Assessment Questionnaire, were meticulously documented. Patients were separated into two groups based on the existence of noninflammatory symptoms: patients with noninflammatory complaints and patients without noninflammatory complaints. Low back discomfort and widespread body pain related to fibromyalgia were the most prevalent complaints, with a decreasing frequency. In group 1, the mean age and age at diagnosis were older than in group 2.
Noninflammatory symptoms can be seen in around 50% of RA patients in remission. These symptoms were more prevalent in senior individuals with the beginning of old age illness. Noninflammatory symptoms and disease-specific characteristics should thus be carefully examined while evaluating and treating this patient population in order to completely enhance clinical outcomes.