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
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Treatment name(s)

(Metoject)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
578
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (577) Joint pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
360
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (360) Joint pain (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
151
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (151) Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
143
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
143
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (135) Joint pain (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
142
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (142) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

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

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
Tried for
Pain (70) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (16)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
Pain (69) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (13)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (69)

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)

(Metoject)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (233 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Fatigue 110 more
How many evaluations
239
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (577) Joint pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (126 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Diarrhea 54 more
How many evaluations
136
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (360) Joint pain (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (68 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 58 more
How many evaluations
71
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (151) Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (55 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Hair loss 26 more
How many evaluations
55
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (64 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Increased appetite 55 more
How many evaluations
77
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (135) Joint pain (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (76 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Injection site reaction 59 more
How many evaluations
76
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (142) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (79 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Injection site reaction 49 more
How many evaluations
79
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Sleepiness 13 more
How many evaluations
27
Tried for
Pain (70) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (16)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (25 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Drowsiness 12 more
How many evaluations
30
Tried for
Pain (69) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (13)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (42 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 19 more
How many evaluations
43
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (69)

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
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  • Mild
  • None

Who has Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 26
20s 424
30s 1,093
40s 2,409
50s 3,094
60s 1,573
70+ 330

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 716
20-29 years 814
30-39 years 1,321
40-49 years 1,349
50-59 years 664
60-69 years 142
70+ years 17

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,876
Not Diagnosed 271

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