What are possible causes of Dercum's disease?

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The exact origin of Dercum's disease is unknown, although some factors have been studied as possible causes. The majority of knowledge on the condition is about relief of individual symptoms and support groups to help people cope. This is because the symptoms associated with Dercum's disease are often varied and the need for relief is pressing because of their severity.

No single cause has been identified, but genetics has been studied as a possible source, as Dercum's disease has been recorded in members of some families. Other potential sources include: an endocrine defect, as most cases occur in middle- aged, menopausal women, or even an autoimmune disorder, in which the immune system attacks healthy cells.

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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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