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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Degenerative Disc Disease

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

(Home Physical Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
163
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (163) Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
106
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (100) Pain (34)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
86
Tried for
Pain (81) Degenerative Disc Disease (8)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
82
Tried for
Pain (80) Degenerative Disc Disease (9)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Tried for
Depressed mood (43) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
55
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (53) Pain (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
54
Tried for
Pain (47) Degenerative Disc Disease (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
Insomnia (36) Pain (32)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Percocet 5/325)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
Pain (45) Degenerative Disc Disease (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
Pain (39) Degenerative Disc Disease (8)
1 more

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

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Degenerative Disc Disease (57 evaluations)
Side effects
Pain Back pain 22 more
How many evaluations
71
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (163) Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Degenerative Disc Disease (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Acid reflux Bleed easily 3 more
How many evaluations
25
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (100) Pain (34)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (40 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Insomnia 23 more
How many evaluations
42
Tried for
Pain (81) Degenerative Disc Disease (8)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (29 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Chronic constipation 11 more
How many evaluations
30
Tried for
Pain (80) Degenerative Disc Disease (9)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (25 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) Sweating excessive 22 more
How many evaluations
45
Tried for
Depressed mood (43) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Perceived effectiveness
for Degenerative Disc Disease (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Acid reflux Burning sensation in muscles 2 more
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (53) Pain (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (26 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 21 more
How many evaluations
34
Tried for
Pain (47) Degenerative Disc Disease (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (30 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Constipation 19 more
How many evaluations
36
Tried for
Insomnia (36) Pain (32)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Percocet 5/325)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Chronic constipation Drowsiness 9 more
How many evaluations
18
Tried for
Pain (45) Degenerative Disc Disease (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 35 more
How many evaluations
33
Tried for
Pain (39) Degenerative Disc Disease (8)
1 more

Data from patients with Degenerative Disc Disease, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Degenerative Disc Disease on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 80
30s 433
40s 986
50s 1,131
60s 425
70+ 62

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 175
20-29 years 531
30-39 years 701
40-49 years 528
50-59 years 158
60-69 years 20
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,643
Not Diagnosed 31

These charts show data from Degenerative Disc Disease patients who have completed their condition history
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