Degenerative disc disease

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What is degenerative disc disease?

Degenerative disc disease is part of the natural process of aging. It may also be due to structural damage. Intervertebral discs lose their flexibility, elasticity, and shock absorbing characteristics, ligaments that surround the disc become brittle and the disc starts to dry out and shrink.

Common symptoms reported by people with degenerative disc disease

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 degenerative disc disease

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

(Home Physical Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
120
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (120) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
75
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (69) Pain (31)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
65
Tried for
Pain (58) degenerative disc disease (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Tried for
Pain (53) degenerative disc disease (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
Pain (49) degenerative disc disease (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
depressed mood (32) degenerative disc disease (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
Pain (37) degenerative disc disease (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
Pain (30) degenerative disc disease (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
Pain (28) degenerative disc disease (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
Pain (29) degenerative disc disease (5)

Data from patients with degenerative disc disease, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with degenerative disc disease

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

(Home Physical Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for degenerative disc disease (60 evaluations)
Side effects
soreness back pain 19 more
Total evaluations
69
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (120) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for degenerative disc disease (27 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux nausea 5 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (69) Pain (31)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (39 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 26 more
Total evaluations
54
Tried for
Pain (58) degenerative disc disease (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (40 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dizziness and feeling faint 16 more
Total evaluations
45
Tried for
Pain (53) degenerative disc disease (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (31 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness 9 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
Pain (49) degenerative disc disease (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis constant tiredness 14 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
depressed mood (32) degenerative disc disease (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation chronic constipation 11 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
Pain (37) degenerative disc disease (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation chronic constipation 10 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
Pain (30) degenerative disc disease (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (27 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness weight gain 41 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
Pain (28) degenerative disc disease (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) dizziness 7 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
Pain (29) degenerative disc disease (5)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 79
30s 598
40s 1,513
50s 1,818
60s 880
70+ 141
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 231
20-29 years 728
30-39 years 991
40-49 years 746
50-59 years 255
60-69 years 32
70+ years 2

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,612
Not Diagnosed 40

These charts show data from degenerative disc disease patients who have completed their condition history
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