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
291
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (291) Joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
217
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (216) Joint pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
110
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (110) Joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
84
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (84) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (81)
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (81) Joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
73
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (68) Joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (58)
Treatment name(s)

(Actemra)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (50) Joint pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
Pain (44) rheumatoid arthritis (10)
1 more

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 (155 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Fatigue 80 more
Total evaluations
160
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (291) Joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (91 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Blurry vision 27 more
Total evaluations
104
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (216) Joint pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (73 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Fatigue 53 more
Total evaluations
75
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (110) Joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (41 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 30 more
Total evaluations
41
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (84) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (55 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Headaches 33 more
Total evaluations
56
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (81)
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (36 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Nausea 15 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (81) Joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (34 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Increased appetite 39 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (68) Joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (44 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Nausea 13 more
Total evaluations
45
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (58)
Treatment name(s)

(Actemra)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (36 evaluations)
Side effects
Mouth sores (ulcers) Fatigue 32 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (50) Joint pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Constipation 9 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
Pain (44) rheumatoid arthritis (10)
1 more
  • 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 18
20s 413
30s 1,125
40s 2,625
50s 3,553
60s 2,097
70+ 514
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 778
20-29 years 904
30-39 years 1,481
40-49 years 1,493
50-59 years 752
60-69 years 167
70+ years 21

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6,466
Not Diagnosed 310

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