How can I manage Dercum's disease on a daily basis?


Dercum's disease can involve intense pain that occur during daily activities such as opening a can, doing dishes, or simply walking down stairs. The pain can be concentrated in individual lipomas, or it can be spread throughout the fatty or muscle tissue. There are several ways to control the pain on a daily basis, including: medications to ease the pain or aid in sleep, light massage to relieve muscle soreness, and even simple or low- impact activities like water therapy to relieve joint pain. It is important to keep track of how different activities affect you in a journal, to gauge your body's reaction to the treatments. In addition, aids such as canes, walkers or scooters can be used comfort or mobility. Finally, support groups can provide emotional validation and further treatment advice.

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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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