Is dercum disease an autoimmune disease?
Some experts think Dercum’s may come from a mutated fat gene that’s passed down in families. Others believe it’s an autoimmune disorder. That means your body’s immune system is attacking healthy tissues. Or it could be the result of a hormone or nervous system problem.
How do I know if I have Dercums disease?
The associated symptoms in Dercum’s disease include fatty deposits, easy bruisability, sleep disturbances, impaired memory, depression, difficulty concentrating, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, diabetes, bloating, constipation, fatigue, weakness and joint aches.
How do you treat dercum disease?
Many drugs (local and systemic analgesics, steroid and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, calcium-channel modulators as pregabalin, methotrexate, infliximab, interferon, and metformin) have been used as therapeutic strategies.