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Would you have Als (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) when you have Ra?

Summary: Als is found among people with Ra, especially people who are female, 40-49 old, also have Rheumatoid arthritis, and take medication Methotrexate.

We study 79 people who have Als (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and Ra from FDA and social media. Find out below who they are, other conditions they have and drugs they take.

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Ra (rheumatoid arthritis) can be treated by Methotrexate, Enbrel, Methotrexate Sodium, Humira, Prednisone, Plaquenil. (latest reports from 218,108 Ra patients)


Als (als is the death of both upper and lower motor neurons in the motor cortex of the brain, the brain stem, and the spinal cord) has been reported by people with high blood cholesterol, rheumatoid arthritis, hyperlipidaemia, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure. (latest reports from 1,490 Als patients)

On Jan, 29, 2015: 79 people who have ra and Als are studied.

Trend of Als in ra reports

Gender of people who have ra and experienced Als * :


Age of people who have ra and experienced Als * :


Severity of the symptom * :


Top co-existing conditions for these people * :

  1. Rheumatoid arthritis (79 people, 100.00%)
  2. Vitamin supplementation (19 people, 24.05%)
  3. Hypercholesterolaemia (11 people, 13.92%)
  4. Hypertension (8 people, 10.13%)
  5. Abdominal pain upper (8 people, 10.13%)
  6. Osteoporosis (4 people, 5.06%)
  7. Pain in extremity (3 people, 3.80%)
  8. Pain (3 people, 3.80%)
  9. Abdominal discomfort (3 people, 3.80%)
  10. Diabetes mellitus (3 people, 3.80%)

Most common drugs used by these people * :

  1. Methotrexate (79 people, 100.00%)
  2. Remicade (57 people, 72.15%)
  3. Humira (42 people, 53.16%)
  4. Medrol (27 people, 34.18%)
  5. Alendronate sodium (25 people, 31.65%)
  6. Folic acid (24 people, 30.38%)
  7. Enbrel (21 people, 26.58%)
  8. Mobic (13 people, 16.46%)
  9. Prednisolone (12 people, 15.19%)
  10. Omeprazole (11 people, 13.92%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

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  • Sulfasalazine and the never ending menstrual cycle
    I started this drug and never had menstrual problems begore. Within 3 months, I started my period and it never stopped even with stopping the drug for 3 mon ths. I ended up going my gyne and he prescribed megace. I had been bleeding for a total of 6 months. Made an appt with my rhuemy and explained this situation. His words were "it hasn't been listed in the literature as a side effect". Keep taking it. I started it again. Same situation and same treatment. Never took it again and changed rheumy.
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    I had to suspend the enbrel for 8 weeks in preparation for complex abdominal surgery. The vasculitis started to heal. Several weeks after the surgery I resumed enbrel and the vasculitis returned by the second or third enbrel shot. The Dr was reluctantly willing to concede that 'it may have been the enbrel.'

    The vasculitis was horrific. I've never felt so much pain, pain that wasn't abated in the least by pain medicine. My dermatologist describe it as being equivalent to a third degree burn: the skin dies, nerves start to regenerate but aren't protected by the dermis.

    The scars look like I had flesh torn from my legs that didn't quite 'fill in.'

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