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
302
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (302) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
206
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (204) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
118
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (118) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
91
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (90) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (72) joint pain (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
74
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (74)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
73
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (73) joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (55)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
54
Tried for
pain (47) rheumatoid arthritis (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Rituxan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (42) joint pain (1)

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 headaches 75 more
Total evaluations
159
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (302) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (81 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dizziness 26 more
Total evaluations
95
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (204) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (73 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches nausea 58 more
Total evaluations
75
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (118) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (40 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea hair loss 19 more
Total evaluations
41
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (90) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (43 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain headaches 45 more
Total evaluations
60
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (72) joint pain (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (45 evaluations)
Side effects
injection site reaction headaches 27 more
Total evaluations
46
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (74)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (32 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 25 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (73) joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (29 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches fatigue 9 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (55)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness decreased appetite 7 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
pain (47) rheumatoid arthritis (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Rituxan)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (21 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches breathing difficulty 16 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (42) joint pain (1)
  • 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 24
20s 526
30s 1,510
40s 3,854
50s 5,781
60s 3,890
70+ 1,031
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,008
20-29 years 1,187
30-39 years 1,973
40-49 years 2,055
50-59 years 1,121
60-69 years 276
70+ years 47

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1,637
Female 15,177

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 9,424
Not Diagnosed 319

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