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
73
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (68) pain in lower back (11)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
pain (44) degenerative disc disease (8)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
pain (34) pain in lower back (31)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (39) pain (23)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
pain (31) degenerative disc disease (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
pain (23) degenerative disc disease (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
pain (13) degenerative disc disease (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
depressed mood (19) pain (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
pain (20) degenerative disc disease (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
pain (17) neck pain (4)
1 more

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 (36 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle soreness pain 6 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (68) pain in lower back (11)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (30 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 16 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
pain (44) degenerative disc disease (8)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (23 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation insomnia 8 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
pain (34) pain in lower back (31)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for degenerative disc disease (19 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux bruising 3 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
degenerative disc disease (39) pain (23)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (32 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness nausea 7 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
pain (31) degenerative disc disease (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic fatigue dizziness 3 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
pain (23) degenerative disc disease (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain acid reflux 2 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
pain (13) degenerative disc disease (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation decreased appetite 4 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
depressed mood (19) pain (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation itching 9 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (20) degenerative disc disease (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
daytime sleepiness elevated liver enzymes 1 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
pain (17) neck pain (4)
1 more
  • 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 68
30s 575
40s 1603
50s 2133
60s 1259
70+ 263
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 254
20-29 years 785
30-39 years 1053
40-49 years 810
50-59 years 287
60-69 years 39
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 684
Female 5225

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4313
Not Diagnosed 42

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