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

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
122
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (122) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
74
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (68) Pain (29)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Tried for
Pain (54) degenerative disc disease (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
Tried for
Pain (55) degenerative disc disease (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
Pain (49) degenerative disc disease (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
Pain (38) degenerative disc disease (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
Depressed mood (32) degenerative disc disease (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
Insomnia (19) Pain (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
Pain (30) degenerative disc disease (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
Pain (29) 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 (61 evaluations)
Side effects
Soreness Back pain 20 more
Total evaluations
70
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (122) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for degenerative disc disease (26 evaluations)
Side effects
Acid reflux Nausea 4 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (68) Pain (29)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (37 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 28 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
Pain (54) degenerative disc disease (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (39 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Dizziness and feeling faint 16 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
Pain (55) degenerative disc disease (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (32 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Sleepiness 10 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
Pain (49) degenerative disc disease (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Chronic constipation 12 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
Pain (38) degenerative disc disease (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Constant tiredness 14 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
Depressed mood (32) degenerative disc disease (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Dry mouth 12 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
Insomnia (19) Pain (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Chronic constipation Constipation 10 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
Pain (30) degenerative disc disease (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) Dizziness 6 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
Pain (29) 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 1
20s 75
30s 547
40s 1,374
50s 1,695
60s 800
70+ 131
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 232
20-29 years 714
30-39 years 972
40-49 years 735
50-59 years 250
60-69 years 30
70+ years 2

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,562
Not Diagnosed 39

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