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Lupus Symptoms

Lupus symptoms in each person will be not exactly same depend on how seriously a body system is affected by this disease. The symptoms may come and go from time to time, and different symptoms may appear at different times on people with lupus.

However, some of the most common symptoms of lupus include joint pain, unexplained fever, and extreme fatigue. A characteristic red skin rash may appear in the nose and cheek. The rash can also occur on the chest, face, ears, hands, upper arms, and shoulders.

Because most people with lupus are sensitive to sunlight called photosensitivity, skin rashes often worsen after sun exposure.

Common signs and symptoms of Lupus:

  • Chest pain on breathing
  • Extreme fatigue
  • muscle pains and swollen joints
  • Mouth or nose ulcers
  • Unexplained fever
  • Red skin rashes, often in the face
  • Unusual hair loss
  • Swollen glands
  • Swelling in legs or around eyes
  • Sensitivity to sunlight (photosensitivity)
  • Fingers or toes turn to white or blue when cold or stress (Raynaud’s phenomenon)

Many of these symptoms can also occur in other diseases besides lupus. In fact, lupus is sometimes called the “great imitator” because lupus symptoms are often similar with other disease symptoms like blood disorders, fibromyalgia, diabetes, Lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid problems, and many others.

If you develop a rash described, continuous fever, persistent pain or fatigue, see your doctor asap. If you have been diagnosed with lupus, meet with your doctor regularly so that your condition and treatment can be controlled. Talk with your doctor if new symptoms appear.