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
300
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (300) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
214
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (212) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
117
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (117) 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)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
83
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (75) joint pain (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
78
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (78) joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
75
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (75)
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
54
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (54)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
pain (46) rheumatoid arthritis (8)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Actemra)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (45) 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 80 more
Total evaluations
160
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (300) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (86 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dizziness 28 more
Total evaluations
99
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (212) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (73 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches nausea 52 more
Total evaluations
75
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (117) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (37 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea anemia 17 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (91) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (42 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain increased appetite 44 more
Total evaluations
55
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (75) joint pain (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (39 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 32 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (78) joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (47 evaluations)
Side effects
injection site reaction headaches 27 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (75)
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (30 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches fatigue 9 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (54)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness daytime sleepiness 8 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (46) rheumatoid arthritis (8)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Actemra)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (34 evaluations)
Side effects
mouth sores (ulcers) nausea 32 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (45) 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 29
20s 513
30s 1,472
40s 3,608
50s 5,187
60s 3,332
70+ 877
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 984
20-29 years 1,157
30-39 years 1,936
40-49 years 2,024
50-59 years 1,113
60-69 years 274
70+ years 46

Sex

Distribution of sex

90% Female
10% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 8,396
Not Diagnosed 396

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