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
597
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (596) Pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
367
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (367) Joint pain (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
157
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (157) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
149
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (140) Joint pain (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

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

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
143
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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)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
80
Tried for
Pain (69) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (19)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
75
Tried for
Pain (68) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (13)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (62)

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) (232 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Fatigue 110 more
How many evaluations
236
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (596) Pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (128 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Diarrhea 61 more
How many evaluations
137
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (367) Joint pain (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (67 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 58 more
How many evaluations
70
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (157) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (63 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Increased appetite 55 more
How many evaluations
75
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (140) Joint pain (5)
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)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (50 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Hair loss 21 more
How many evaluations
50
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (74 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Injection site reaction 58 more
How many evaluations
74
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (142) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Sleepiness 13 more
How many evaluations
27
Tried for
Pain (69) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (19)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Drowsiness 11 more
How many evaluations
29
Tried for
Pain (68) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (13)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (40 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 16 more
How many evaluations
40
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (62)

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 24
20s 412
30s 1,042
40s 2,354
50s 3,001
60s 1,526
70+ 317

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 694
20-29 years 768
30-39 years 1,275
40-49 years 1,314
50-59 years 637
60-69 years 136
70+ years 17

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,667
Not Diagnosed 257

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