Facet joint osteoarthritis

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What is facet joint osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis) can cause breakdown of cartilage between the facet joints located in the spine. When the joints move, the lack of the cartilage causes pain as well as loss of motion and stiffness.

Common symptoms reported by people with facet joint osteoarthritis

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 facet joint osteoarthritis

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (7) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (4) facet joint osteoarthritis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
facet joint osteoarthritis (3) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
4
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (3) facet joint osteoarthritis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4)

Data from patients with facet joint osteoarthritis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with facet joint osteoarthritis

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness balance problems 15 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
pain (7) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation dizziness 3 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog cognitive confusion 7 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (6) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
cognitive confusion increased insomnia
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (4) facet joint osteoarthritis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for facet joint osteoarthritis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
facet joint osteoarthritis (3) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) not clear headed next day
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation lightheadedness 2 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for facet joint osteoarthritis (3 evaluations)
Side effects
nerve pain (neuralgia)
Total evaluations
3
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
cognitive confusion constipation 1 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (3) facet joint osteoarthritis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
daytime sleepiness
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with facet joint osteoarthritis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has facet joint osteoarthritis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 11
30s 43
40s 123
50s 204
60s 124
70+ 30
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 15
20-29 years 35
30-39 years 85
40-49 years 83
50-59 years 45
60-69 years 6
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 52
Female 483

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 356
Not Diagnosed 13

These charts show data from facet joint osteoarthritis patients who have completed their condition history
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