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

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people for rheumatoid arthritis

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Methotrexate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14176
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (87)
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3104
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (37)
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2951
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (28)
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3396
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (25)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3732
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1317
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Xeljanz)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1108
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Actemra)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
694
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Rituxan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
712
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Cimzia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
498
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (4)

Data from patients with rheumatoid arthritis, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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 (49 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea hair loss 31 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (87)
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (28 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches candida (fungal) infection 14 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (37)
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (19 evaluations)
Side effects
breakout on skin with what looks like acne but painful to touch breathing difficulty 8 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (28)
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (15 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea headaches 6 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (25)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (5 evaluations)
Side effects
dry hair liver toxicity 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (6 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic fatigue diarrhea 7 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Xeljanz)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (9 evaluations)
Side effects
biliary reflux gastroesophageal reflux disease 3 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Actemra)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (9 evaluations)
Side effects
dry skin generalized weakness (asthenia) 3 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Rituxan)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic fatigue pain in shoulder(s)
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Cimzia)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (2 evaluations)
Side effects
persistent cough site irritation
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (4)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with rheumatoid arthritis, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has rheumatoid arthritis on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 15 new patients joined this month
  • 22654 say rheumatoid arthritis is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 21
20s 334
30s 1425
40s 3984
50s 8299
60s 8730
70+ 3762
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1072
20-29 years 1283
30-39 years 2120
40-49 years 2183
50-59 years 1178
60-69 years 298
70+ years 48

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2582
Female 24383

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 10252
Not Diagnosed 333

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