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
135
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (135) 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 (77) Pain (34)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
Tried for
Pain (67) Degenerative Disc Disease (7)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Tried for
Pain (61) Degenerative Disc Disease (3)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
Tried for
Pain (57) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
Depressed mood (39) Degenerative Disc Disease (5)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
Pain (42) Degenerative Disc Disease (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (41) Pain (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
Pain (33) Degenerative Disc Disease (7)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
Pain (36) Degenerative Disc Disease (8)

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 (68 evaluations)
Side effects
Back pain Pain 22 more
How many evaluations
82
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (135) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Degenerative Disc Disease (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Acid reflux Bruising 5 more
How many evaluations
34
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (77) Pain (34)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (28 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Constipation 17 more
How many evaluations
32
Tried for
Pain (67) Degenerative Disc Disease (7)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (39 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Balance problems 37 more
How many evaluations
54
Tried for
Pain (61) Degenerative Disc Disease (3)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (31 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Sleepiness 11 more
How many evaluations
34
Tried for
Pain (57) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (30 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dry mouth 24 more
How many evaluations
42
Tried for
Depressed mood (39) Degenerative Disc Disease (5)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Chronic constipation 13 more
How many evaluations
20
Tried for
Pain (42) Degenerative Disc Disease (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Perceived effectiveness
for Degenerative Disc Disease (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Acid reflux Stomach pain 4 more
How many evaluations
19
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (41) Pain (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (28 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Fatigue 49 more
How many evaluations
39
Tried for
Pain (33) Degenerative Disc Disease (7)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Chronic constipation Constipation 10 more
How many evaluations
25
Tried for
Pain (36) Degenerative Disc Disease (8)

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 77
30s 514
40s 1,266
50s 1,483
60s 694
70+ 107

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 216
20-29 years 681
30-39 years 908
40-49 years 683
50-59 years 223
60-69 years 24
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,361
Not Diagnosed 38

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