How does Dercum's disease affect the body?


Dercum's disease is more of a condition than a disease because it is often measured through the number and severity of symptoms rather than a specific process. However, the symptoms of Dercum's disease are progressive and can worsen with time. The effects of Dercum's disease on the body are similar to those of obesity and can include: difficulty moving or walking up stairs, difficulty breathing, high blood pressure, heart difficulties, increased fatigue, bloating, or constipation. Dercum's disease can also have a severe effect on someone's mental health in the form of depression, anxiety, sleep deprivation, confusion, or long- and short- term loss of memory. The symptoms of Dercum's disease have an erratic effect on the body, but almost always get worse with time.

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Dercum's Disease

Dercum's disease is a rare disease in which you develop growths of fatty tissue called lipomas just under your skin. When these growths press against your nerves, the pain can very severe. Common symptoms of Dercum's are weight ga...

in that is unrelated to diet or exercise, strange accumulations of fat that have an abnormal consistency, feelings of extreme tiredness and pain to the touch in the affected areas. This disease occurs more often in women than in men. There are no specific tests for diagnosing Dercum's disease. If you have symptoms, you should see your doctor or a pain specialist to help control your pain.

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