What is rheumatic pain?

Updated February 21, 2017

Rheumatic pain is that pain that comes with symptoms of rheumatic diseases. The pain affects connective tissue of the body and is caused by inflammation.


Rheumatic pain typically feels like a deep ache in a particular joint or in a particular set of joints, such as in the knuckles of the hand. The pain may change in intensity depending on environmental conditions such as heat or cold. Areas with rheumatic pain may be sensitive to touch and painful on moving. The area may grow red, hot and sore due to the inflammation.


Rheumatic pain is caused by the immune system attacking the body (autoimmune disease). It is not yet known what exactly causes rheumatic disease, but genetics, hormones and environment are thought to contribute to the development of rheumatic disease.

Rheumatic Disorders

Disorders that may cause rheumatic pain include rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthropathies, bursitis and tendinitis. More than 100 rheumatic diseases exist.

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Jillian O'Keeffe has been a freelance writer since 2009. Her work appears in regional Irish newspapers including "The Connacht Tribune" and the "Sentinel." O'Keeffe has a Master of Arts in journalism from the National University of Ireland, Galway and a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from University College Cork.