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
113
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (112) pain (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
75
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (69) pain (33)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
67
Tried for
pain (60) degenerative disc disease (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
pain (54) degenerative disc disease (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
pain (48) degenerative disc disease (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
depressed mood (33) degenerative disc disease (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
pain (36) degenerative disc disease (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
pain (31) degenerative disc disease (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
pain (28) degenerative disc disease (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
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 (55 evaluations)
Side effects
soreness pain 14 more
Total evaluations
63
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (112) pain (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for degenerative disc disease (30 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux bruising 5 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (69) pain (33)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (38 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain blurry vision 28 more
Total evaluations
55
Tried for
pain (60) degenerative disc disease (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (41 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dizziness and feeling faint 16 more
Total evaluations
46
Tried for
pain (54) degenerative disc disease (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal cramps chronic constipation 9 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
pain (48) degenerative disc disease (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
constant tiredness constipation 13 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
depressed mood (33) degenerative disc disease (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation chronic constipation 15 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (36) degenerative disc disease (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (26 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation chronic constipation 8 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
pain (31) degenerative disc disease (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (23 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain blurry vision 19 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
pain (28) degenerative disc disease (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (23 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) dizziness 7 more
Total evaluations
25
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 82
30s 617
40s 1,555
50s 1,935
60s 982
70+ 170
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 239
20-29 years 745
30-39 years 1,014
40-49 years 762
50-59 years 268
60-69 years 36
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 596
Female 4,750

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,061
Not Diagnosed 43

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