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
256
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (256) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
137
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (135) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
101
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (101) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (69)
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
66
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (66)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (53) joint swelling (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
57
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (57) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (42)
Treatment name(s)

(Xeljanz)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (37) stiffness in morning (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
pain (31) rheumatoid arthritis (3)
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 (156 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 73 more
Total evaluations
159
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (256) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (58 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dizziness 28 more
Total evaluations
64
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (135) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (68 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches nausea 41 more
Total evaluations
70
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (101) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (36 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea anemia 22 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (69)
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (39 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches nausea 26 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (66)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (31 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain headaches 34 more
Total evaluations
41
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (53) joint swelling (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (21 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea diarrhea 12 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (57) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (16 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic fatigue nausea 11 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (42)
Treatment name(s)

(Xeljanz)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (13 evaluations)
Side effects
biliary reflux gastroesophageal reflux disease 4 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (37) stiffness in morning (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (31) rheumatoid arthritis (3)
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 31
20s 561
30s 1805
40s 5028
50s 9004
60s 7457
70+ 2316
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1068
20-29 years 1275
30-39 years 2113
40-49 years 2178
50-59 years 1173
60-69 years 287
70+ years 46

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2520
Female 24095

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 10194
Not Diagnosed 336

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