What are alternative treatments for someone with Dercum's disease?


Besides taking medication to relieve bodily pain, someone with Dercum's disease can have especially painful lipomas removed surgically or with liposuction. However, frequent surgeries can risk health complications, and less extreme methods of treatment are encouraged. Someone with Dercum's disease can also practice low- impact activities that relieve stress on aching muscles such as warm water therapy. However, strenuous activities or stressful situations can aggravate the symptoms of Dercum's disease. Also, a gentle massage known as Manual Lymphatic Drainage can be administered by a licensed professional to reduce swelling.

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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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