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What are the symptoms of Lupus

  • Lupus can present itself with many symptoms and mimic various diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, blood disorders, fibromyalgia, diabetes, thyroid problems, Lyme disease, and a number of heart, lung, muscle, and bone diseases.
  • Lupus is not just what you see: hair loss, disfiguring skin rashes, reaction to sunlight /UV light ……
  • Lupus is also what you cannot see: extreme fatigue, disabling pain, anaemia, miscarriage, kidney failure, depression, brain involvement, lung inflammation, vision loss, blood disorders, sleep disturbance, unexplained fever……
  • The most common symptoms of lupus, which are the same for females and males, are:
    • Extreme fatigue (tiredness)
    • Sun or light-sensitivity (photosensitivity)
    • Unexplained fever
    • Fingers turning white and/or blue when cold (Raynaud’s phenomenon)
    • Anemia (low numbers of red blood cells or hemoglobin, or low total blood volume)
    • Butterfly-shaped rash across cheeks and nose
    • Swelling (edema) in feet, legs, hands, and/or around eyes
    • Abnormal blood clotting
    • Headaches
    • Hair loss
    • Painful or swollen joints
    • Mouth or nose ulcers
    • Weight loss / gain
    • Pain in chest on deep breathing (pleurisy)