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

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

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?

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 36
20s 364
30s 867
40s 1,839
50s 2,137
60s 913
70+ 162


Distribution of females vs. males

89% Females
11% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 572
20-29 years 624
30-39 years 1,008
40-49 years 1,046
50-59 years 489
60-69 years 93
70+ years 14

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,523
Not Diagnosed 212

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