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 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
80
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (75) pain in lower back (11)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
pain (45) degenerative disc disease (8)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
pain (37) pain in lower back (33)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
51
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (41) pain (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
pain (37) degenerative disc disease (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
pain (16) degenerative disc disease (14)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
pain (25) degenerative disc disease (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
pain (23) degenerative disc disease (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
depressed mood (21) pain (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
pain (19) degenerative disc disease (6)

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 (41 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle soreness pain 7 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (75) pain in lower back (11)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (31 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dizziness 19 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
pain (45) degenerative disc disease (8)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation insomnia 9 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
pain (37) pain in lower back (33)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for degenerative disc disease (20 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux bruising 3 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (41) pain (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (35 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 11 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
pain (37) degenerative disc disease (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain acid reflux 3 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
pain (16) degenerative disc disease (14)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (16 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) chronic fatigue 4 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (25) degenerative disc disease (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation itching 14 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (23) degenerative disc disease (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation decreased appetite 3 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
depressed mood (21) pain (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (20 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain blurry vision 16 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
pain (19) degenerative disc disease (6)
  • 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 0
20s 74
30s 591
40s 1584
50s 2083
60s 1189
70+ 237
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 252
20-29 years 777
30-39 years 1040
40-49 years 799
50-59 years 285
60-69 years 38
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 664
Female 5104

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4263
Not Diagnosed 42

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