Beyond the cardinal symptoms, people with Dercum’s disease may develop or experience a variety of additional symptoms. Many bruise easily, with even minor trauma being enough to leave a mark. The disease may also cause some people to have trouble sleeping. Others experience issues breathing, elevated heart rates, or throbbing joint pains. Dercum’s disease also affects an individual’s brain, sometimes causing difficulty with concentration or memory. Rarely, parts of the upper body, especially the hands, begin to swell.
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