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Is Dercum's disease serious?

Because Dercum's disease is usually progressive, meaning that the symptoms will worsen with time, it can have very serious consequences if the symptoms are not treated or reduced. If the symptoms related to obesity such as muscle stiffness and joint pain are not treated, they can severely impair someone's ability to move. General obesity can strain the heart muscle and cause major health complications such as blood clots or even heart failure. Someone with Dercum's disease may also experience mental instabilities such as depression or anxiety, which can deprive them of sleep and lower their motivation to seek treatment. However, daily treatments can help reduce pain caused by symptoms such as fatty lipomas and make life more manageable for someone with Dercum's disease.

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