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)

(Trexall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
265
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (265) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
149
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (147) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
101
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (101) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
71
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (71)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (57) joint swelling (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (63)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (61) joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (47)
Treatment name(s)

(Xeljanz)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (38) stiffness in morning (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
pain (33) rheumatoid arthritis (3)
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)

(Trexall)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (151 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 73 more
Total evaluations
154
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (265) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (61 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea blurry vision 32 more
Total evaluations
71
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (147) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (62 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches nausea 55 more
Total evaluations
64
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (101) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (37 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea hair loss 24 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (71)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (34 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain headaches 36 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (57) joint swelling (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (41 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches injection site reaction 27 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (63)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (22 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea diarrhea 13 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (61) joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (19 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic fatigue headaches 10 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (47)
Treatment name(s)

(Xeljanz)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (12 evaluations)
Side effects
biliary reflux gastroesophageal reflux disease 5 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (38) stiffness in morning (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (33) rheumatoid arthritis (3)
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 571
30s 1844
40s 5097
50s 8850
60s 7065
70+ 2122
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1068
20-29 years 1272
30-39 years 2106
40-49 years 2168
50-59 years 1164
60-69 years 283
70+ years 46

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2456
Female 23527

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 10152
Not Diagnosed 336

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