Rheumatoid arthritis

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What is 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.

Common symptoms reported by people with 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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Treatments taken by people with rheumatoid arthritis

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

(Apo-Methotrexate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
293
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (293) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
214
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (212) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
113
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (113) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
85
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (85) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (79) joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
76
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (70) joint pain (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
73
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (73)
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (56)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
pain (45) rheumatoid arthritis (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Actemra)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (49) joint pain (2)

Data from patients with rheumatoid arthritis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with rheumatoid arthritis

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Methotrexate)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (153 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 77 more
Total evaluations
158
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (293) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (91 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dizziness 28 more
Total evaluations
104
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (212) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (73 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches muscle fatigue 55 more
Total evaluations
75
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (113) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (38 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 19 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (85) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (38 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 28 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (79) joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (36 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain increased appetite 40 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (70) joint pain (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (49 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches injection site reaction 24 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (73)
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (37 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches fatigue 12 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (56)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness constipation 9 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
pain (45) rheumatoid arthritis (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Actemra)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (38 evaluations)
Side effects
mouth sores (ulcers) fatigue 35 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (49) joint pain (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with rheumatoid arthritis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has rheumatoid arthritis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 26
20s 444
30s 1,286
40s 3,104
50s 4,395
60s 2,681
70+ 685
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 849
20-29 years 1,001
30-39 years 1,653
40-49 years 1,693
50-59 years 895
60-69 years 207
70+ years 33

Sex

Distribution of sex

90% Female
10% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 7,181
Not Diagnosed 344

These charts show data from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients who have completed their condition history
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