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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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