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
270
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (270) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
157
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (155) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
105
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (105) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
74
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (74)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (61) 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
65
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (65) joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (51)
Treatment name(s)

(Rituxan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Xeljanz)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (39) 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 (157 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 73 more
Total evaluations
160
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (270) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (67 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea blurry vision 33 more
Total evaluations
79
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (155) 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 (105) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (39 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea hair loss 24 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (74)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (36 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain headaches 39 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (61) 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 (24 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea diarrhea 16 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (65) joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (22 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches nausea 9 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (51)
Treatment name(s)

(Rituxan)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (20 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches breathing difficulty 12 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Xeljanz)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (12 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (39) 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 33
20s 576
30s 1860
40s 5189
50s 8833
60s 6883
70+ 2036
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1065
20-29 years 1271
30-39 years 2102
40-49 years 2169
50-59 years 1158
60-69 years 281
70+ years 46

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2426
Female 23382

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 10126
Not Diagnosed 336

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