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PO Box 350
Somis, CA 93066
The Dercum's Support, a non-profit, self-help organization, exists to disseminate information on Dercum's disease and support the search for a cause and, ultimately, a cure. Through its Web site, the organization shares information with patients, their families and friends, researchers, medical professionals, and the general public. Dercum's disease is a disorder partially characterized by pressure of fatty deposits on nerves, resulting in weakness and pain. It occurs in both sexes. Weight gain is caused by whatever causes the other symptoms of Dercum's disease. Often, the weight gain is very large and very rapid. "Dercum's fat" is not the same metabolically as "normal fat". The tumors are often angiolipomas, meaning they contain blood. Tumors can and do occur in ALL parts of the body. Arthritis, stiffness and joint pain are common. Many sufferers are severely incapacitated as the disease progresses.
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