RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis)

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What is RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis)?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, systemic (whole body) disorder that may affect many tissues and organs, but principally affects the thin, loose vascular connective tissue (synovial tissue) that makes up the membranes surrounding joints.

What is it like to have RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis)?

Common symptoms How bad it is What people are taking for it
Prednisone, Xeljanz, Cyclobenzaprine
Tramadol, Prednisone, Cortisone Injection
Acetaminophen (Paracetamol), Tramadol, Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen
Amitriptyline, Trazodone, Zolpidem
Rest, Modafinil, Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine
Duloxetine, Citalopram, Sertraline
Alprazolam, Clonazepam, Lorazepam

What do patients take to treat RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) and its symptoms?

Treatments reported by members Perceived effectiveness Overall rating of side effects # of Evaluations

(Metroject, Metex, Metoject, Trexall)


(Apo-hydroxyquine, Oxiklorin, Quensyl, Plaquenil)


(Enbrel Prefilled Syringe, Enbrel, Enbrel SureClick)


(Azulfidine EN-tabs, Salazopyrin, Sulfazine)


(Humira Pen Psoriasis Starter Package, Humira Pen, Humira, Humira Pen Crohn's Disease Starter Package)


(Pulmison, Pronizon, Deltasone, Encorton)






(Roactemra, Actemra)


(Rituxan, Mabthera)


(Movatec, Teva-Meloxicam, Movicox, Apo-Meloxicam)




(Durella, Tradorec XL, Ralivia, Dolzam)


(Lorcet Plus, Anexsia, Zydone, Stagesic)


These charts show data from RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) patients’ latest treatment evaluations
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 6,578 patients have this condition
  • 44 new patients joined this month
  • 4,807 say RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) is their primary condition

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 43
20s 352
30s 882
40s 1,807
50s 2,013
60s 812
70+ 132


Distribution of females vs. males

89% Females
11% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 548
20-29 years 594
30-39 years 985
40-49 years 1,002
50-59 years 461
60-69 years 86
70+ years 13

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,353
Not Diagnosed 201

These charts show data from RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) patients who have completed their condition history
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