What are the symptoms of Dercum's disease?

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The mass of symptoms related to Dercum's disease can be concentrated in four main areas: general obesity, the presence of painful fatty lumps called lipomas on the body, debilitating fatigue or weakness, or mental difficulties. Although most people with Dercum's disease are obese, some cases of Dercum's disease have been reported in people with relatively healthy weights. As the most distinguishing symptom of Dercum's disease, the disfiguring fatty swellings (lipomas) appear randomly on the trunk of the body and on parts of the limbs closest to the trunk, mainly the inner arms and upper thighs. The pain caused by the lipomas is often severe and can be either sporadic or continuous. Dercum's disease causes extreme weakness including: muscle stiffness or pain, shortness of breath, joint pain, easy bruising, or bone pain, all of which can worsen progressively or with physical activity. Dercum's disease can also cause mental instability, anxiety, memory loss, depression, irritability, or difficulty concentrating.

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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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