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
298
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (298) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
181
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (179) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
111
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (111) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
82
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (82)
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
75
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (75)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
74
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (66) joint swelling (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
55
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (55)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
pain (40) rheumatoid arthritis (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xeljanz)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (41) 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)

(Trexall)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (168 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 79 more
Total evaluations
171
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (298) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (78 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dizziness 35 more
Total evaluations
91
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (179) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (68 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches nausea 58 more
Total evaluations
70
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (111) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (44 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea hair loss 24 more
Total evaluations
45
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (82)
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (47 evaluations)
Side effects
injection site reaction headaches 29 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (75)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (38 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain headaches 41 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (66) joint swelling (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (25 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea diarrhea 17 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (69) joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (25 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches chronic fatigue 12 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (55)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness decreased appetite 7 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (40) rheumatoid arthritis (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xeljanz)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (13 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (41) 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 37
20s 581
30s 1881
40s 5278
50s 8871
60s 6777
70+ 1952
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1069
20-29 years 1269
30-39 years 2100
40-49 years 2179
50-59 years 1162
60-69 years 284
70+ years 46

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2406
Female 23367

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 10145
Not Diagnosed 334

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