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
129
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (129) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
83
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (78) Pain (30)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Tried for
Pain (67) Degenerative Disc Disease (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Tried for
Pain (55) Degenerative Disc Disease (3)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
Tried for
Pain (56) Degenerative Disc Disease (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
Depressed mood (40) Degenerative Disc Disease (5)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
Pain (36) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (40) Pain (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Percocet 5/325)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
Pain (40) Degenerative Disc Disease (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
Pain (27) Insomnia (25)
2 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 (63 evaluations)
Side effects
Back pain Pain 20 more
How many evaluations
77
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (129) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Degenerative Disc Disease (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Acid reflux Dry mouth 3 more
How many evaluations
23
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (78) Pain (30)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (27 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Nausea 15 more
How many evaluations
30
Tried for
Pain (67) Degenerative Disc Disease (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (37 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 27 more
How many evaluations
52
Tried for
Pain (55) Degenerative Disc Disease (3)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (31 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Abdominal cramps 11 more
How many evaluations
32
Tried for
Pain (56) Degenerative Disc Disease (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (28 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dry mouth 25 more
How many evaluations
41
Tried for
Depressed mood (40) Degenerative Disc Disease (5)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (28 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Fatigue 50 more
How many evaluations
38
Tried for
Pain (36) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Perceived effectiveness
for Degenerative Disc Disease (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Acid reflux Stomach pain 4 more
How many evaluations
14
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (40) Pain (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Percocet 5/325)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Chronic constipation 12 more
How many evaluations
19
Tried for
Pain (40) Degenerative Disc Disease (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Constipation 18 more
How many evaluations
33
Tried for
Pain (27) Insomnia (25)
2 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 75
30s 490
40s 1,183
50s 1,368
60s 623
70+ 95

Sex

Distribution of sex

88% Female
12% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 204
20-29 years 660
30-39 years 868
40-49 years 632
50-59 years 209
60-69 years 23
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,215
Not Diagnosed 35

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