Which activities can worsen my Dercum's disease symptoms?

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The symptoms of Dercum's disease affect each person differently, so the best way to know what to avoid is to keep a detailed journal of the pain you experience when doing certain things. In general, people with Dercum's disease often report more severe pain when experiencing the following: prolonged or repeated motions, strenuous exercise, intense therapy, or repeated surgeries. These activities can aggravate stiff or painful muscles and bones, although they can be used in light doses to reduce daily pain. Keep in mind that an activity can be effective at relieving pain only if you pay careful attention to your specific levels of pain. Other factors such as poor diet, excess stress, sleep deprivation, or the misuse of drugs can increase the severity of symptoms in people with Dercum's disease.

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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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