What is the rate of incidence for Dercum's disease?

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Dercum's disease is a rare condition that affects a small fraction of people. The majority of people diagnosed with Dercum's disease are postmenopausal women who are also obese. Furthermore, women are 20 times more prone to contracting Dercum's disease than men. Although it was discovered in the late 1800's, little is known about the causes of Dercum's disease because the symptoms are often varied and erratic.

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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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