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
303
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (303) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
191
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (189) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
119
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (119) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
88
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (88)
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (79) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
78
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (70) joint swelling (4)
2 more
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)

(Orencia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (60)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
pain (41) rheumatoid arthritis (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Rituxan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (42)

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 (166 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 80 more
Total evaluations
169
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (303) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (86 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dizziness 34 more
Total evaluations
100
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (189) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (71 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches nausea 58 more
Total evaluations
73
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (119) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (46 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea hair loss 24 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (88)
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (49 evaluations)
Side effects
injection site reaction headaches 29 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (79) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (42 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain headaches 43 more
Total evaluations
55
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (70) joint swelling (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (28 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea diarrhea 18 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (74) joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (29 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches burning pain at injection site 15 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (60)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness decreased appetite 7 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (41) rheumatoid arthritis (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Rituxan)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (20 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches breathing difficulty 12 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (42)
  • 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 40
20s 599
30s 1938
40s 5330
50s 8638
60s 6239
70+ 1670
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1068
20-29 years 1264
30-39 years 2094
40-49 years 2165
50-59 years 1159
60-69 years 282
70+ years 46

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2302
Female 22524

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 10093
Not Diagnosed 334

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