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

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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
213
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (211) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
112
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (112) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
91
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (91) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
76
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (76) joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
75
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (69) joint pain (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
71
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (71)
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
48
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (48) 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 (151 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 79 more
Total evaluations
156
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (291) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (89 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dizziness 26 more
Total evaluations
102
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (211) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (72 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches nausea 53 more
Total evaluations
74
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (112) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (40 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 19 more
Total evaluations
41
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (91) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (39 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 31 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (76) joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (37 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain increased appetite 40 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (69) joint pain (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (50 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches injection site reaction 24 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (71)
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (33 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches fatigue 12 more
Total evaluations
34
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 (36 evaluations)
Side effects
mouth sores (ulcers) fatigue 33 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (48) 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 466
30s 1,363
40s 3,319
50s 4,671
60s 2,890
70+ 734
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 881
20-29 years 1,062
30-39 years 1,755
40-49 years 1,809
50-59 years 974
60-69 years 224
70+ years 35

Sex

Distribution of sex

90% Female
10% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 7,584
Not Diagnosed 360

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