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
95
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (90) pain in lower back (12)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
66
Tried for
pain (58) degenerative disc disease (7)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
pain (42) pain in lower back (38)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (52) pain (31)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
pain (43) degenerative disc disease (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (20) pain (15)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
pain (28) degenerative disc disease (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
depressed mood (25) pain (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
pain (25) degenerative disc disease (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
pain (23) degenerative disc disease (8)
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

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for degenerative disc disease (51 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle soreness pain 11 more
Total evaluations
59
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (90) pain in lower back (12)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (37 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain blurry vision 21 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
pain (58) degenerative disc disease (7)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (25 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation insomnia 9 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
pain (42) pain in lower back (38)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for degenerative disc disease (25 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux bruising 4 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (52) pain (31)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (34 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 11 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
pain (43) degenerative disc disease (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for degenerative disc disease (11 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain acid reflux 3 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (20) pain (15)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (19 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) dizziness 5 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
pain (28) degenerative disc disease (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation decreased appetite 6 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
depressed mood (25) pain (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation itching 14 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (25) degenerative disc disease (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation chronic constipation 6 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (23) degenerative disc disease (8)
2 more
  • 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 1
20s 78
30s 606
40s 1600
50s 2065
60s 1157
70+ 228
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 257
20-29 years 781
30-39 years 1041
40-49 years 799
50-59 years 286
60-69 years 39
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 658
Female 5086

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4272
Not Diagnosed 42

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