What are the Symptoms of Lupus?

Those with systemic lupus erythematosus, also known as lupus or SLE may have a variety of lupus symptoms — fatigue, rashes on the skin, or joint pain. With a more severe case of lupus,  organ problems may occur in the lungs, kidneys, blood, or nervous system.

The following symptoms of lupus may show up depending on the severity of disease and may not be the same for each lupus sufferer.

General List of Lupus Symptoms

Fatigue. This is a common symptom in people with lupus. Mild cases of lupus even have fatigue symptoms severe enough to lessen your ability to complete daily activities. An increase in fatigue is often a warning that a symptom flare is going to happen soon.

Pain in the muscles and joints. This is also another symptom commonly found in those with lupus. This muscle and join pain is often a first symptom spotted by people with lupus. Swelled, red joints may appear, along with stiffness in the morning hours.

Skin irritation. This symptom is commonly found in people with lupus. These rashes play an important key in diagnosing lupus. Butterfly rashes may develop along the cheeks and the nose bridge, and skin sores/flakes may appear on the face, hands, arms, neck, or back. You may also have mouth sores, red or purple raised rashes along the face, ears, scalp, chest, and arms.

Light sensitivity. Ultraviolet light exposure will usually increase the severity of the rash. This can set off a symptom flare. People with fair skin show more sensitivity to light.

Nervous system complications. This is a common symptom among people with lupus. These nervous system complications are usually headaches, anxiety, or depression. Another common complication is memory loss.

Heart complications. These complications may be heart inflammations, which can cause an extreme pain in the left side of your chest. This pain can spread around your body.

Many more lupus symptoms exist, but they are dependent upon the organs affected and the severity of the effects.

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