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
142
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (142) Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
94
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (87) Pain (36)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
71
Tried for
Pain (70) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Tried for
Pain (65) Degenerative Disc Disease (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
Tried for
Pain (55) Degenerative Disc Disease (4)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
Depressed mood (45) Degenerative Disc Disease (5)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (45) Pain (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
Insomnia (30) Pain (28)
2 more
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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)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
Pain (35) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
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 (67 evaluations)
Side effects
Pain Back pain 24 more
How many evaluations
82
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (142) Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Degenerative Disc Disease (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Acid reflux Drug tolerance 4 more
How many evaluations
23
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (87) Pain (36)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (26 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Nausea 13 more
How many evaluations
29
Tried for
Pain (70) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (30 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Abdominal cramps 13 more
How many evaluations
31
Tried for
Pain (65) Degenerative Disc Disease (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (34 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 23 more
How many evaluations
46
Tried for
Pain (55) Degenerative Disc Disease (4)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dry mouth 17 more
How many evaluations
39
Tried for
Depressed mood (45) Degenerative Disc Disease (5)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Perceived effectiveness
for Degenerative Disc Disease (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Acid reflux Abdominal cramps 5 more
How many evaluations
16
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (45) Pain (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (27 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Constipation 18 more
How many evaluations
36
Tried for
Insomnia (30) Pain (28)
2 more
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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)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (25 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Anxious mood 52 more
How many evaluations
35
Tried for
Pain (35) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
1 more

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

Who has Degenerative Disc Disease on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 78
30s 481
40s 1,135
50s 1,314
60s 574
70+ 88

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 197
20-29 years 629
30-39 years 836
40-49 years 615
50-59 years 200
60-69 years 23
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,107
Not Diagnosed 35

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