10 Common Symptoms of Lupus
Lupus is an inflammatory disease, where your immune systems attacks its tissues. It is a common condition with more than 200,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States.
Unfortunately, Lupus impacts several parts of your body, including joints, tissues, skin, heart, lungs, and brain. Although it is not curable, treatments can control symptoms and decrease flare-ups.
Symptom 1: Aching and Stiff Joints
Do your joints ache? Are your joints stiff, especially in the morning, but improve during the day?
Aches and stiffness in your joints and muscles are probably related to an inflammation in your body. With lupus, your body is unable to cope with it.
Symptom 2: Swollen Joints
Do you have swollen joints? Do your ankles swell? Just like with the stiffness, your joints may swell due to an inflammation in your body.
Typically, the swelling will come and go, and usually occur in the morning. And not all joints and muscles will be impacted.
Symptom 3: Fatigue
Do you feel tired all the time? Have no energy? Just can’t shake off your tiredness, no matter how much sleep you get?
That can be a symptom of lupus. Or can be a result of other lupus symptoms – anemia and depression. Fatigue can also result from the medication you take for lupus.
Symptom 4: Rashes
Do you get rashes on your skin? Or lesions/sores?
With lupus, rashes usually happen on your neck, face, hands, chest, and forearms – places that are exposed to the sun. Sometimes, rashes have a butterfly or circular shape.
Symptom 5: Malaise
Some days, do you just feel bad? Feel like a slug? Does your whole body hurt? Feel like doing nothing?
Well, you are not lazy or crazy. Lupus often causes you to feel malaise.
Symptom 6: Pain
Most people suffering from lupus have pain in their muscles and joints. For some, it is the first symptom they experience. Also, patients may have a sharp pain in their chest.
Pain, swelling, and stiffness typically affects joints in your fingers, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, and toes.
Symptom 7: Fever
Those with lupus have recurring, low-grade fevers. These fevers, however, do not tend to reach 101 degrees F.
With lupus, a fever may mean you are about to experience a flare up or already have an inflammation or infection in your body.
Symptom 8: Anemia
About half of lupus patients suffer from anemia, which means they do not have enough red blood cells and iron.
With lupus, anemia can occur due to inflammation, bleeding, or an iron deficiency. Prednisone and other medications can help with the anemia.
Symptom 9: Mouth Dryness and Ulcers
With lupus and the medications you take for it, you may have mouth dryness and mouth or nasal ulcers. Mouth ulcers typically occur on the roof of your mouth and are, fortunately, not painful. But stress and feeling tired can make the sores worse.
Consult your doctor to determine if other medications are available to lessen your chances of getting sores or a dry mouth.
Symptom 10: Hair Loss
When you brush or comb your hair, do you notice that your hair is thinning or coming out in clumps? With lupus, you may also lose eyebrow, eyelash, underarm, and other body hair.
The medications you take for lupus can also cause hair loss.