Should I be worried about the fatty lumps from Dercum's disease?


Dercum's disease is often characterized by the presence of fatty swellings on the body called lipomas. The lipomas are benign (non-cancerous) tumors that appear on the trunk of the body and on the limbs closest to the trunk such as the inner arms and upper thighs. Lipomas are dissimilar to other benign tumors in that they compress the body's nerves, causing serious pain that can be unbearable. The pain from lipomas can be concentrated in one area or spread throughout fatty tissue. Doctors can perform surgery to remove particularly painful lipomas. Talk to your doctor about treatment options if you discover these swellings.

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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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