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)

(Apo-Methotrexate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
217
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (217) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
115
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (113) joint pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
84
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (84) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
59
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (59)
Treatment name(s)

(Prednisone Intensol)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
54
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (47) joint swelling (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (48)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Xeljanz)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (30) stiffness in morning (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Rituxan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (29)

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)

(Apo-Methotrexate)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (125 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 65 more
Total evaluations
126
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (217) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (52 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dizziness 34 more
Total evaluations
58
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (113) joint pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (58 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches nausea 36 more
Total evaluations
60
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (84) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (32 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea anemia 19 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (59)
Treatment name(s)

(Prednisone Intensol)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (27 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain headaches 27 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (47) joint swelling (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (28 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea rashes (redness, swelling) 15 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (51)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (14 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea diarrhea 10 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (48)
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (17 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic fatigue diarrhea 13 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Xeljanz)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (10 evaluations)
Side effects
biliary reflux gastroesophageal reflux disease 4 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (30) stiffness in morning (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Rituxan)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (12 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic fatigue fatigue post infusion 4 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (29)
  • 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?

  • 18 new patients joined this month
  • 22447 say rheumatoid arthritis is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 30
20s 519
30s 1737
40s 4881
50s 8895
60s 7679
70+ 2515
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1068
20-29 years 1277
30-39 years 2115
40-49 years 2179
50-59 years 1177
60-69 years 287
70+ years 47

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2535
Female 24132

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 10205
Not Diagnosed 337

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