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
295
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (295) Joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
215
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (214) Joint pain (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
111
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (111) Joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
84
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (84) Joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
82
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (82) Joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
80
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (80)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (71) Joint pain (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (55)
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 (43) rheumatoid arthritis (10)
2 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 (153 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Fatigue 79 more
Total evaluations
158
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (295) Joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (90 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Blurry vision 28 more
Total evaluations
103
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (214) Joint pain (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (75 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Fatigue 55 more
Total evaluations
77
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (111) Joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (38 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Nausea 16 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (84) Joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (40 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 29 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (82) Joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (53 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Headaches 25 more
Total evaluations
54
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (80)
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 (71) Joint pain (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (42 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Fatigue 13 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (55)
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 (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 (43) rheumatoid arthritis (10)
2 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 23
20s 421
30s 1,203
40s 2,880
50s 3,978
60s 2,381
70+ 599
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 815
20-29 years 943
30-39 years 1,548
40-49 years 1,588
50-59 years 801
60-69 years 182
70+ years 27

Sex

Distribution of sex

90% Female
10% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6,771
Not Diagnosed 326

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