What is Dercum's disease?

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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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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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