People with Dercum's disease develop growths of fatty tissue under the surface of their skin, most commonly on the torso and tops of the arms and legs. If the fatty tissue compresses nearby nerves, these lipomas can cause severe pain and weakness, which may be sporadic and worsen when the person moves around. Dercum's disease can also cause obesity and depression. People with the condition may develop neurological symptoms including seizures, confusion, and dementia.
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