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 for degenerative disc disease

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

(Outpatient PT)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
1740
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (50)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1796
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1406
Treatment name(s)

(Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
120

Data from patients with degenerative disc disease, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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)

(Outpatient PT)
Perceived effectiveness
for degenerative disc disease (27 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle soreness neck pain 5 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (50)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for degenerative disc disease (16 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux bruising 3 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for degenerative disc disease (6 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Treatment name(s)

(Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection)
Perceived effectiveness
for degenerative disc disease (4 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness/walking like I'm drunk electric shock sensation in legs 3 more
Total evaluations
4
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with degenerative disc disease, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has degenerative disc disease on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 8 new patients joined this month
  • 928 say degenerative disc disease is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 59
30s 503
40s 1549
50s 2179
60s 1426
70+ 323
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 257
20-29 years 790
30-39 years 1064
40-49 years 818
50-59 years 289
60-69 years 40
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 699
Female 5349

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4349
Not Diagnosed 43

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