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)

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Treatments taken by people with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

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

(Methotrexate Sodium, Preservative Free)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
614
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (613) Pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
369
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (369) Joint pain (3)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
161
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (161) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
150
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
148
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (139) Joint pain (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
142
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
128
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (128) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
88
Tried for
Pain (76) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (21)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
Tried for
Pain (65) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (17)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
57
Tried for
Pain (34) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (26)
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) (234 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Fatigue 121 more
How many evaluations
239
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (613) Pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (122 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Blurry vision 63 more
How many evaluations
132
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (369) Joint pain (3)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (64 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 57 more
How many evaluations
64
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (161) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (67 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Injection site reaction 46 more
How many evaluations
67
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (60 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Increased appetite 54 more
How many evaluations
71
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (139) Joint pain (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (43 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Hair loss 19 more
How many evaluations
43
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (66 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Injection site reaction 43 more
How many evaluations
66
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (128) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (25 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Sleepiness 16 more
How many evaluations
32
Tried for
Pain (76) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (21)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Drowsiness 12 more
How many evaluations
28
Tried for
Pain (65) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (17)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Allergic reaction 9 more
How many evaluations
25
Tried for
Pain (34) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (26)
1 more

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

Who has Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 22
20s 375
30s 936
40s 2,038
50s 2,475
60s 1,187
70+ 245

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 623
20-29 years 698
30-39 years 1,146
40-49 years 1,170
50-59 years 548
60-69 years 120
70+ years 16

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,064
Not Diagnosed 246

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