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

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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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
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 35
20s 367
30s 864
40s 1,851
50s 2,151
60s 921
70+ 167

Gender

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 628
30-39 years 1,016
40-49 years 1,052
50-59 years 491
60-69 years 94
70+ years 15

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,552
Not Diagnosed 214

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