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
132
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (132) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
82
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (76) Pain (33)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
67
Tried for
Pain (66) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
66
Tried for
Pain (59) Degenerative Disc Disease (3)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
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
48
Tried for
Depressed mood (41) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (43) Pain (4)
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Treatment name(s)

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

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
Pain (34) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
Pain (37) 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 (66 evaluations)
Side effects
Pain Back pain 22 more
How many evaluations
80
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (132) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Degenerative Disc Disease (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Acid reflux Bruising 5 more
How many evaluations
29
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (76) Pain (33)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (27 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Nausea 15 more
How many evaluations
30
Tried for
Pain (66) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (36 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Blurry vision 34 more
How many evaluations
51
Tried for
Pain (59) Degenerative Disc Disease (3)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (31 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Abdominal cramps 11 more
How many evaluations
32
Tried for
Pain (57) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (28 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dry mouth 24 more
How many evaluations
40
Tried for
Depressed mood (41) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Perceived effectiveness
for Degenerative Disc Disease (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Acid reflux Stomach pain 4 more
How many evaluations
18
Tried for
Degenerative Disc Disease (43) Pain (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
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)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (28 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Fatigue 50 more
How many evaluations
38
Tried for
Pain (34) Degenerative Disc Disease (6)
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 (37) Degenerative Disc Disease (8)

Data from patients with Degenerative Disc Disease, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Degenerative Disc Disease on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 74
30s 503
40s 1,234
50s 1,437
60s 668
70+ 101

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 210
20-29 years 672
30-39 years 892
40-49 years 663
50-59 years 219
60-69 years 24
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,306
Not Diagnosed 37

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