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.

What is it like to have Degenerative Disc Disease?

Common symptoms How bad it is What people are taking for it
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine, Modafinil, Rest
Clonazepam, Alprazolam, Lorazepam
Trazodone, Amitriptyline, Zolpidem
Ibuprofen, Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen, Tramadol
Duloxetine, Bupropion, Fluoxetine

What do patients take to treat Degenerative Disc Disease and its symptoms?

Treatments reported by members Perceived effectiveness Overall rating of side effects # of Evaluations

(Soft Tissue Massage, Vestibular Therapy, PRRT, Recumbent Stepper)


(Ibupain, Buscofem, Tomaflex, Busco Ibuprofren)


(Members Mark Naproxen Sodium, Aleve Liquid Gels, Rite-Aid Naproxen Sodium, Good Sense Naproxen Sodium)


These charts show data from Degenerative Disc Disease patients’ latest treatment evaluations
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Degenerative Disc Disease on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 2,530 patients have this condition
  • 14 new patients joined this month
  • 302 say Degenerative Disc Disease is their primary condition

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 74
30s 387
40s 792
50s 858
60s 260
70+ 35


Distribution of females vs. males

88% Females
12% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 133
20-29 years 411
30-39 years 528
40-49 years 417
50-59 years 117
60-69 years 12
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,053
Not Diagnosed 23

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