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
285
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (285) 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
84
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (84)
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 (69) pain (4)
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
50
Tried for
pain (45) rheumatoid arthritis (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xeljanz)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (43) stiffness in morning (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 (152 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 74 more
Total evaluations
156
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (285) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (82 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dizziness 26 more
Total evaluations
96
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (189) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (66 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 56 more
Total evaluations
68
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (119) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (40 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea hair loss 21 more
Total evaluations
41
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (84)
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (47 evaluations)
Side effects
injection site reaction headaches 28 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (80)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (42 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain headaches 43 more
Total evaluations
59
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (69) pain (4)
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 (31 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches fatigue 11 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (56)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness decreased appetite 7 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
pain (45) rheumatoid arthritis (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xeljanz)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (16 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches dizziness 6 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (43) stiffness in morning (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 30
20s 546
30s 1,659
40s 4,255
50s 6,496
60s 4,464
70+ 1,193
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,018
20-29 years 1,205
30-39 years 1,999
40-49 years 2,078
50-59 years 1,133
60-69 years 276
70+ years 47

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1,761
Female 17,135

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 9,578
Not Diagnosed 323

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