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New Patient Data for 32 Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments

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The daily pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis affects 1-2% of the world’s population, with women three times more affected than men. If you’re one of these people and have questions about how others are treating their symptoms, you’re not alone.

At CureTogether, 151 people joined our Rheumatoid Arthritis study, contributing 1127 data points on treatments that worked and didn’t work for them.

So what works best for patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis? Prednisone, Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN), reducing stress, Celebrex, and Heat take top spots in patient reports.

To navigate the graph above:

The top right quadrant shows the most popular and effective treatments, and the top left quadrant shows treatments that not many people have tried but that have above-average effectiveness, so they may be options to think about (e.g. LDN, joint replacement surgery, Epsom salt baths).

Treatments in the lower right quadrant are ones that lots of people have tried but that have below-average effectiveness (e.g. ibuprofen, vitamin D, glucosamine), and treatments in the lower left quadrant are reported as neither popular nor effective, so you may want to consider this when choosing a treatment (e.g. Chiropractic care, Azulfidine).

Where did this data come from? CureTogether members have been anonymously sharing symptoms and treatments for three years now. We analyzed and visualized the data into infographic form to make it more accessible. To thank everyone for their contributions, we’re releasing this result back to the community for free.

This is part of our regular series of research findings. Of course, with each of these findings, there is a potential bias in patient self-selection and recall. Every research study has some bias, so we present these findings as just what they are – patient-reported data – to stimulate discussion and generate new insights for further research. Stay tuned for more and please let us know in the comments below if this was helpful or interesting for you.

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7 Responses to “New Patient Data for 32 Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments”

  1. Not surprised to see low dose naltrexone rank at the top. Here’s hoping that more RA patients will be able to get this remarkably safe and effective treatment!

  2. Not suprised LDN has taken top spot, I’ve been using for a year now and have had better results with this than any other treatment previously. including prednisone, arava, methotrexate, celebrix, vit D.

  3. I am thrilled to see that low dose naltrexone has come out as the top mentioned treatment for RA. I have had astonishingly wonderful results at 4.5 mg since last weekend in January 2011…only 4 months. A friend of mine has been on it for less than 1 month and has also had very good results so far.

  4. I am surprised to see methotrexate rank so low… in my research online, it seemed to be the recommended treatment.. I am not on it but am on Celebrex for about a month and a half.. have also been doing acupuncture, no dairy, castor oil heat packs at nite, extra Omega 3, etc, etc… The pain only comes when I try to use my thumb… unfortunately, you need that darn right thumb for everything!

  5. rachel adler Says:

    For me, Humira is a miracle medication. When I’m on it, I have a life. When I’m off due to unrelated infections or surgery, the RA goes awry. I have gotten Bilateral Adhesive Capsulitis while off, joint complications and flares. I am also on a traditional NSAID. The combination work for me. I did have complications from Plaquenil which was prescribed when I was dx’d with only Sjogren’s.

  6. Alice Carey Says:

    How can I find a doctor willing to give Naltrexone?

  7. Doctor – just run off the research at LDN home page and even some testimonials from this site.

    List all your meds and how the drugs for your rheumatoid have affected you or not helped.

    Ask for a chance on LDN. Tell doctor Naltrexone approved since 1980 and very few side effects, send a letter and sign it asking for a chance to try this drug at low dose.

    I did and my GP agreed and am about to start LDN

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