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What is Dercum's disease?

Dercum's disease is an uncommon condition first discovered by Francis Dercum. Usually affecting obese, menopausal women, Dercum's disease causes a painful buildup of fatty lumps called lipomas that usually appear on the mid-section and extremities closest to the mid-section. The lipomas can be as small as a grain of rice but they can also grow up to 10 pounds. Also known as Adiposis Dolorose, Morbus Dercum, Dercum-Vitaut syndrome, or Anders' syndrome, Dercum's disease causes chronic, painful fatigue and can worsen with time.

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Which activities can worsen my Dercum's disease symptoms?
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The symptoms of Dercum's disease affect each person differently, so the best way to know what to avo...
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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...
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Where can I find support for Dercum's disease?
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Support groups can be very helpful for long-term treatment of Dercum's disease. They can provide emo...
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Does Dercum's disease affect children differently than adults?
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The effects of Dercum's disease such as the fatty lipomas generally do not appear in childhood. Thes...
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