RLS and rheumatic diseases

In the rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patient population, increased prevalence of RLS has been reported by several investigators. Reynolds et al studied hospitalized RA patients employing a 'control' group of osteoarthritis (OA) patients, and found a 30% prevalence of RLS in RA compared to 3% in OA (Reynolds G et al, 1986). A subsequent study again comparing RA and OA found comparable prevalence rates for RLS of 25% in RA and 4% in OA (Salih AM, et al, 2004). Auger et al in their study of MS patients employed a RA patient group for contrast, finding a prevalence rate for RLS of 31% in their RA group (Auger C, et al, 2005). A more recent study employing the 2003 IRRLSG criteria for RLS found a prevalence of RLS of 27.7% in RA and a prevalence of 24.4% in OA patients (Taylor-Gjevre, et al, 2009). Increased frequency of RLS has also been reported in other rheumatic disease populations, including Sjogren's Syndrome, scleroderma and fibromyalgia patients (Taylor-Gjevre, et al, 2011). A recent study of RLS in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus patients has also suggested an increased prevalence in that population (Hassan N, et al, 2011).

Arthritis Joint Pain

Arthritis Joint Pain

Arthritis is a general term which is commonly associated with a number of painful conditions affecting the joints and bones. The term arthritis literally translates to joint inflammation.

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