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
297
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (297) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
195
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (193) 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)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (70) joint pain (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (69) joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (56)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
pain (44) rheumatoid arthritis (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
pain (38) rheumatoid arthritis (2)
1 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 (159 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 77 more
Total evaluations
163
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (297) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (88 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dizziness 34 more
Total evaluations
102
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (193) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (67 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches nausea 56 more
Total evaluations
69
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (119) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (45 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea hair loss 22 more
Total evaluations
46
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (88)
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (46 evaluations)
Side effects
injection site reaction headaches 28 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (79)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (44 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain headaches 42 more
Total evaluations
57
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (70) joint pain (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (27 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea diarrhea 17 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (69) joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (29 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches burning pain at injection site 11 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (56)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness decreased appetite 7 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (44) rheumatoid arthritis (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 9 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
pain (38) rheumatoid arthritis (2)
1 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 32
20s 560
30s 1,716
40s 4,463
50s 6,948
60s 4,829
70+ 1,292
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,026
20-29 years 1,218
30-39 years 2,025
40-49 years 2,099
50-59 years 1,141
60-69 years 277
70+ years 47

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1,847
Female 18,277

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 9,702
Not Diagnosed 327

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