Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

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What is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)?

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.

Common symptoms reported by people with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Common symptoms
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Treatments taken by people with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

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Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
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Treatment name(s)

(Methotrexate Sodium, Preservative Free)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
657
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (656) Pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
391
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (391) Joint pain (3)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
167
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (167) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
152
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (151) Joint pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
147
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
147
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (138) Joint pain (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
135
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (135) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
91
Tried for
Pain (79) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (20)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
Pain (68) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (19)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
Pain (39) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (29)
1 more

Data from patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Methotrexate Sodium, Preservative Free)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (243 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Fatigue 120 more
How many evaluations
250
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (656) Pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (121 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Blurry vision 63 more
How many evaluations
131
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (391) Joint pain (3)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (59 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 58 more
How many evaluations
60
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (167) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (65 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Injection site reaction 46 more
How many evaluations
65
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (151) Joint pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (46 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Hair loss 23 more
How many evaluations
46
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (58 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Increased appetite 46 more
How many evaluations
69
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (138) Joint pain (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (70 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Injection site reaction 46 more
How many evaluations
70
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (135) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (25 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Sleepiness 15 more
How many evaluations
31
Tried for
Pain (79) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (20)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (26 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Nausea 13 more
How many evaluations
32
Tried for
Pain (68) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (19)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Allergic reaction 9 more
How many evaluations
27
Tried for
Pain (39) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (29)
1 more

Data from patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 26
20s 370
30s 909
40s 1,947
50s 2,307
60s 1,043
70+ 197

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

89% Females
11% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 597
20-29 years 669
30-39 years 1,087
40-49 years 1,121
50-59 years 522
60-69 years 112
70+ years 17

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,826
Not Diagnosed 236

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