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
141
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (141) Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
97
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (90) Pain (35)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
73
Tried for
Pain (72) 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
62
Tried for
Pain (57) Degenerative Disc Disease (4)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
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
44
Tried for
Insomnia (31) Pain (29)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Percocet 5/325)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
Pain (41) Degenerative Disc Disease (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
Pain (38) 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 (63 evaluations)
Side effects
Pain Back pain 23 more
How many evaluations
78
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (141) Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Degenerative Disc Disease (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Acid reflux Dry mouth 3 more
How many evaluations
24
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (90) Pain (35)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (28 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Nausea 13 more
How many evaluations
31
Tried for
Pain (72) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (30 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Abdominal cramps 14 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 (35 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 24 more
How many evaluations
46
Tried for
Pain (57) Degenerative Disc Disease (4)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (26 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dry mouth 17 more
How many evaluations
38
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 (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Acid reflux Abdominal cramps 5 more
How many evaluations
15
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 (31) Pain (29)
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 (41) Degenerative Disc Disease (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Chronic constipation Cognitive impairment 8 more
How many evaluations
24
Tried for
Pain (38) 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
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  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Degenerative Disc Disease on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 79
30s 485
40s 1,130
50s 1,308
60s 563
70+ 86

Sex

Distribution of sex

88% Female
12% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 196
20-29 years 626
30-39 years 834
40-49 years 610
50-59 years 199
60-69 years 23
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,094
Not Diagnosed 35

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