Is exercise important for someone with Dercum's disease?

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Although some people can contract Dercum's disease while maintaining a healthy weight, a majority of people with Dercum's disease are obese when they are diagnosed. Therefore, a common treatment for people with Dercum's disease is weight reduction, which is usually achieved through a proper diet and light to moderate exercise. Low- impact exercises such as warm water therapy can also help ease tension in painful or stiff muscles and joints. However, exercise is often difficult for people with Dercum's disease because prolonged movement of aching muscles can cause intense pain. Someone experiencing extreme fatigue, muscle soreness, or joint pain should be careful not to over- exert themselves if they choose to start an exercise routine, as strenuous activity can often increase the severity of symptoms.

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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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