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Arthritis Res Ther. 2015 Sep 3;17:237. doi: 10.1186/s13075-015-0761-8.

Neuropathic-like pain features and cross-sectional associations in rheumatoid arthritis.

Author information

1
Department of Internal Medicine, Hospital Group Twente, Almelo, The Netherlands. s.koop@zgt.nl.
2
Arthritis Center Twente, Department of Psychology, Health and Technology, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. p.m.tenklooster@utwente.nl.
3
Arthritis Center Twente, Department of Psychology, Health and Technology, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. h.vonkeman@mst.nl.
4
Arthritis Center Twente, Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, Medical Spectrum Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. h.vonkeman@mst.nl.
5
Arthritis Center Twente, Department of Psychology, Health and Technology, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. lmm.steunebrink@mst.nl.
6
Arthritis Center Twente, Department of Psychology, Health and Technology, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. m.vandelaar@mst.nl.
7
Arthritis Center Twente, Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, Medical Spectrum Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. m.vandelaar@mst.nl.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Increasing evidence indicates that features suggestive of neuropathic pain may also be present in patients with common rheumatic conditions. The objective of this study was to examine neuropathic-like pain symptoms and associated factors in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

METHODS:

We used the painDETECT screening tool to identify possible or likely neuropathic pain in 159 outpatients with rheumatoid arthritis. Patients additionally completed other self-reported measures, while clinical measures were assessed to calculate the 28-joint Disease Activity Score. Univariate analyses and multivariable logistic regression were used to identify factors associated with neuropathic pain features.

RESULTS:

According to the painDETECT, 27 patients (17.0 %) were classified as having likely neuropathic pain and 34 patients (21.4 %) as having possible neuropathic pain. Besides reporting more severe pain, patients with likely or possible neuropathic pain were more likely to meet the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia, to use analgesics, and to have more tender joints and a worse physical and mental health status as measured by the 36-item Short-Form health survey. In multivariable analysis, physical (Pā€‰<ā€‰0.001) and mental health status (Pā€‰=ā€‰0.006) remained significantly associated with neuropathic pain features, even after controlling for pain severity.

CONCLUSIONS:

These findings suggest that a sizeable proportion of patients with relatively well-controlled rheumatoid arthritis report symptoms suggestive of neuropathic pain. Neuropathic-like pain symptoms are independently associated with worse self-reported physical and mental health.

PMID:
26335941
PMCID:
PMC4558794
DOI:
10.1186/s13075-015-0761-8
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