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
167
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (167) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
105
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (100) Pain (33)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
94
Tried for
Pain (88) Degenerative Disc Disease (9)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
80
Tried for
Pain (78) Degenerative Disc Disease (8)
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Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (62) Pain (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Tried for
Pain (55) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
Tried for
Depressed mood (46) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
Insomnia (39) Pain (33)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
Pain (43) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Percocet 5/325)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
Pain (44) Degenerative Disc Disease (4)

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 (48 evaluations)
Side effects
Pain Increased pain 20 more
How many evaluations
58
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (167) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Degenerative Disc Disease (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Stomach pain Acid reflux 3 more
How many evaluations
26
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (100) Pain (33)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (42 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 22 more
How many evaluations
44
Tried for
Pain (88) Degenerative Disc Disease (9)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (27 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Dizziness 10 more
How many evaluations
28
Tried for
Pain (78) Degenerative Disc Disease (8)
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Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Perceived effectiveness
for Degenerative Disc Disease (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Acid reflux GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) 1 more
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (62) Pain (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (26 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Tiredness 23 more
How many evaluations
34
Tried for
Pain (55) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
2 more
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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
44
Tried for
Depressed mood (46) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (31 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Constipation 22 more
How many evaluations
36
Tried for
Insomnia (39) Pain (33)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Brain fog 27 more
How many evaluations
32
Tried for
Pain (43) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Percocet 5/325)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Chronic constipation Drowsiness 8 more
How many evaluations
17
Tried for
Pain (44) Degenerative Disc Disease (4)

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 87
30s 418
40s 944
50s 1,049
60s 375
70+ 54

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

89% Females
11% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 166
20-29 years 499
30-39 years 645
40-49 years 503
50-59 years 145
60-69 years 20
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,479
Not Diagnosed 29

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