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
105
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (104) depressed mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
67
Tried for
pain (61) degenerative disc disease (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (58) pain (30)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
pain (49) degenerative disc disease (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
pain (46) degenerative disc disease (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
depressed mood (32) pain (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
pain (31) degenerative disc disease (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
pain (25) degenerative disc disease (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
pain (27) degenerative disc disease (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
pain (27) degenerative disc disease (5)

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 (55 evaluations)
Side effects
soreness pain 13 more
Total evaluations
62
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (104) depressed mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (41 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain blurry vision 29 more
Total evaluations
60
Tried for
pain (61) degenerative disc disease (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for degenerative disc disease (29 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux bruising 6 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (58) pain (30)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal cramps chronic constipation 9 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
pain (49) degenerative disc disease (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (36 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 15 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
pain (46) degenerative disc disease (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
constant tiredness constipation 14 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
depressed mood (32) pain (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (20 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation chronic constipation 15 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
pain (31) degenerative disc disease (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision brain fog 20 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
pain (25) degenerative disc disease (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (20 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) dizziness 5 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
pain (27) degenerative disc disease (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (20 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation chronic constipation 7 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
pain (27) degenerative disc disease (5)
  • 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 3
20s 85
30s 605
40s 1,561
50s 1,996
60s 1,017
70+ 187
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 246
20-29 years 759
30-39 years 1,018
40-49 years 775
50-59 years 274
60-69 years 38
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 610
Female 4,851

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,134
Not Diagnosed 42

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