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

(Humira)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
114
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (114) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
92
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (92) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (74) pain (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
76
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (76)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
74
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (74) joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
pain (46) rheumatoid arthritis (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (52)
Treatment name(s)

(Actemra)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (47) 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 (154 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 79 more
Total evaluations
159
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (300) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (85 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dizziness 23 more
Total evaluations
98
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (210) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (74 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches nausea 53 more
Total evaluations
76
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (114) 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 (92) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (41 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain increased appetite 44 more
Total evaluations
54
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (74) pain (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (48 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches injection site reaction 27 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (76)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (38 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 31 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (74) joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness constipation 9 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (46) rheumatoid arthritis (9)
2 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 (52)
Treatment name(s)

(Actemra)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (39 evaluations)
Side effects
mouth sores (ulcers) fatigue 33 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (47) 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 26
20s 508
30s 1,447
40s 3,540
50s 5,066
60s 3,218
70+ 827
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 973
20-29 years 1,140
30-39 years 1,922
40-49 years 2,010
50-59 years 1,108
60-69 years 272
70+ years 46

Sex

Distribution of sex

90% Female
10% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 8,315
Not Diagnosed 394

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