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
266
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (266) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
152
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (150) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
103
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (103) 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
66
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (59) joint swelling (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
65
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (65)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (63) joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (49)
Treatment name(s)

(Xeljanz)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (40) stiffness in morning (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Rituxan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (37)

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 (266) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (64 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea blurry vision 33 more
Total evaluations
75
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (150) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (62 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches nausea 56 more
Total evaluations
64
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (103) 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 (36 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain headaches 38 more
Total evaluations
46
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (59) joint swelling (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (42 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches injection site reaction 28 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (65)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (23 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea diarrhea 14 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (63) joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (22 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches chronic fatigue 11 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (49)
Treatment name(s)

(Xeljanz)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (14 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches biliary reflux 5 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (40) stiffness in morning (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Rituxan)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (16 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic fatigue fatigue post infusion 8 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (37)
  • 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 576
30s 1856
40s 5144
50s 8844
60s 6983
70+ 2070
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1067
20-29 years 1272
30-39 years 2103
40-49 years 2166
50-59 years 1164
60-69 years 282
70+ years 46

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2444
Female 23465

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 10142
Not Diagnosed 335

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