How do other illnesses affect Dercum's disease?


The most prominent illness associated with Dercum's disease is obesity. Although it is possible to contract Dercum's disease without being obese, most recorded cases are found in obese, postmenopausal women. Several methods of treatment for obesity such as weight reduction, surgery, or even liposuction may also lessen the severity of symptoms in those with Dercum's disease. Because Dercum's disease can cause skeletal and joint weakness, arthritis may also increase the amount of pain from these 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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