What do I need to know about caring with someone with Dercum's disease?


The best way to care for someone suffering from Dercum's disease is to provide them with loving support. Dercum's disease can cause emotional and mental instabilities, confusion, or depression, which can seriously hinder someone's desire to seek treatment that relieves their specific symptoms. Support groups such as The Dercum Society and The Fat Disorders Research Society, Inc. can provide invaluable treatment advice as well as verification of frightening or frustrating emotions someone with Dercum's disease may experience.

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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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