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

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
195
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (193) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
121
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (121) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
88
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (88)
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (81) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (71) joint swelling (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
71
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (71) joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (60)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
pain (42) rheumatoid arthritis (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Rituxan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (42)

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 (162 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 78 more
Total evaluations
165
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (298) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (88 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dizziness 34 more
Total evaluations
102
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (193) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (71 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches nausea 57 more
Total evaluations
73
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (121) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (47 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea hair loss 25 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (88)
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (48 evaluations)
Side effects
injection site reaction headaches 29 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (81) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (41 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain headaches 42 more
Total evaluations
54
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (71) joint swelling (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (28 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea diarrhea 18 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (71) joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (29 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches burning pain at injection site 11 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (60)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness decreased appetite 7 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (42) rheumatoid arthritis (7)
1 more
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 (42)
  • 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 597
30s 1894
40s 5181
50s 8244
60s 5889
70+ 1564
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1064
20-29 years 1257
30-39 years 2085
40-49 years 2153
50-59 years 1155
60-69 years 281
70+ years 47

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2188
Female 21570

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 10044
Not Diagnosed 332

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