What is the duration of Dercum's disease?

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Because little is known about what causes Dercum's disease, there is no known cure. The only treatment available or someone with Dercum's disease is a daily regimen of symptomatic treatment. This means that treatment is based on the occurrence of specific symptoms. For example, if someone with Dercum's disease experiences frequent digestive complications such as bloating or constipation, they can treat these symptoms with a healthy diet or medication. Dercum's disease can also be progressive, meaning that the symptoms can increase or worsen with time. Many people with Dercum's disease often find long term validation and comfort in support groups such as The Dercum Society.

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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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