How can medication help someone with Dercum's disease?


Medications such as pain relievers can be used to manage pain resulting from the lipomas, or fatty lumps that appear on the body. Medication can also aid in temporarily relieving pain from the muscles, joints, or bones. While medication cannot completely cure someone with Dercum's disease, it can be used as part of a daily regimen. This method of treating pain as it occurs is part of the variety of symptomatic treatments (or a response to individual symptoms) available to someone with Dercum's disease.

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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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