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
134
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (134) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
80
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (74) Pain (35)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
70
Tried for
Pain (63) Degenerative Disc Disease (3)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
70
Tried for
Pain (68) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
Pain (60) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
Pain (44) Degenerative Disc Disease (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
Depressed mood (38) Degenerative Disc Disease (5)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (39) Pain (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
Pain (33) Degenerative Disc Disease (7)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
Anxious mood (36) Insomnia (3)
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
Total evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Degenerative Disc Disease (67 evaluations)
Side effects
Back pain Pain 22 more
Total evaluations
81
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (134) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Degenerative Disc Disease (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Acid reflux Bruising 4 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (74) Pain (35)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (41 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 28 more
Total evaluations
55
Tried for
Pain (63) Degenerative Disc Disease (3)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (31 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Constipation 16 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
Pain (68) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (33 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Sleepiness 11 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
Pain (60) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Chronic constipation 13 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
Pain (44) Degenerative Disc Disease (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 18 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
Depressed mood (38) Degenerative Disc Disease (5)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Perceived effectiveness
for Degenerative Disc Disease (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Acid reflux Stomach pain 4 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (39) Pain (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (28 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 47 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
Pain (33) Degenerative Disc Disease (7)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Chronic constipation 4 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
Anxious mood (36) Insomnia (3)
1 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 81
30s 530
40s 1,320
50s 1,572
60s 726
70+ 117
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 224
20-29 years 697
30-39 years 935
40-49 years 703
50-59 years 239
60-69 years 27
70+ years 2

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,453
Not Diagnosed 39

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