The definition of remission?

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There does not appear to be an official definition of REMISSION as it applies to pityriasis rubra pilaris. REMISSION comes from the Latin remissionem, meaning “relaxation, a sending back.” If something difficult lets up, you’ll be able to relax a little.

Here are some definitions to ponder. When you are finished, use “Leave a Reply” to share YOUR definition of remission?

✽  Remission is a diminution of the seriousness or intensity of disease or pain; a temporary recovery as in “the cancer is in remission”

 Remission is a temporary remission of symptoms

 Remission is a period of time during a serious illness when a patient’s health shows improvement

 Remission is a period of time during a serious illness when there are few or no symptoms

 Remission is a temporary or permanent decrease or subsidence of manifestations of a disease. Gotta love that phrase “substance of manifestations”

 Remission is a state or period during which the symptoms of a disease are abated

 Remission is a decrease in or disappearance of signs and symptoms of PRP.

 In “partial” remission, some, but not all, signs and symptoms of PRP have disappeared, although PRP may still be in the body, e.g., “lurking” and the phrase “smoldering below the surface” come to mind.

 “Complete remission” means that tests and physical exams show that all signs of PRP are gone. Some doctors also refer to “complete remission” as “no evidence of disease (NED).” That doesn’t mean, however, that  you are cured.

 Remission is the disappearance of the signs and symptoms of PRP

What is your definition of remission?
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The definition of remission?

10 Replies to “The definition of remission?”

  1. I have always defined MY remission as symptom-free AND med-free. I see remission through my rear view mirror. Remission is in my past.

    I can see how many want to feel they are already “in remission”. They see remission as a process where the road ahead is clear and every passing mile shows improvement.

    I have come to the conclusion that the best definition of remission is YOUR definition. As one of my daughter’s is prone to say: “Whatever floats your boat!”

  2. I see remission as no signs of PRP at all, and off all medication for its treatment. I do understand that if when I get to remission, that I will have to be very aware of any signs of the disorder firing back up on me, since noone seems to know how this happened.

  3. Ron — I have been in remission since April 2014. Onset was in August 2012. No meds. No symptoms. Not quite pre-onset because I got older (66 then, 71 now). The passage of time does not keep me from looking over my should every so often. My “pet project” is to identify as many PRP “Remissioners” and keep track of us. I have seen no studies with a 100-plus cohort of PRP patients in remission to evaluate ANYTHING. When you become a “Remissioner” I will teach you the secret hand shake and we can stay in touch.

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