Bertolotti syndrome

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What is Bertolotti syndrome?

Bertolotti Syndrome is characterized as an anatomical variation of the fifth lumbar vertebra in which a portion of the bone may join or fuse with the sacrum or ilium. This anatomical variation may lead to changes in the biomechanics of the movement of the spine, and may cause lower back pain.

Common symptoms reported by people with Bertolotti syndrome

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Bertolotti syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol with Codeine #3)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Bertolotti syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Therapeutic Massage)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)

Data from patients with Bertolotti syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Bertolotti syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth sleepiness
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans patch)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol with Codeine #3)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
constipation
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Bertolotti syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
nausea
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Therapeutic Massage)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with Bertolotti syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has Bertolotti syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 5
20s 12
30s 14
40s 20
50s 8
60s 2
70+ 0
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 7
20-29 years 4
30-39 years 4
40-49 years 3
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 6
Female 56

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 19
Not Diagnosed 4

These charts show data from Bertolotti syndrome patients who have completed their condition history
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