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
302
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (302) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
183
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (181) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
115
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (115)
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
82
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (82)
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (79) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
76
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (69) joint swelling (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (72) joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (56)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
pain (38) rheumatoid arthritis (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Rituxan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (41)

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 (166 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 78 more
Total evaluations
169
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (302) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (82 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dizziness 34 more
Total evaluations
95
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (181) joint pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (70 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches nausea 58 more
Total evaluations
72
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (115)
Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (43 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea hair loss 23 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (82)
Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (47 evaluations)
Side effects
injection site reaction headaches 27 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (79) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (40 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain headaches 43 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (69) joint swelling (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (26 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea diarrhea 18 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (72) joint swelling (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (25 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches chronic fatigue 12 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (56)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness decreased appetite 7 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (38) 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 (41)
  • 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 40
20s 592
30s 1921
40s 5336
50s 8877
60s 6670
70+ 1869
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1067
20-29 years 1267
30-39 years 2099
40-49 years 2178
50-59 years 1161
60-69 years 284
70+ years 46

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2392
Female 23304

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 10139
Not Diagnosed 333

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