Understanding Lupus -- Symptoms
What Are the Symptoms of Lupus?
Lupus improves at times, and worsens at others. Symptoms of lupus include:
- Profound fatigue
- Low-grade fever
- Severe joint pain and muscle aches
Skin rash on the face or body
- Extreme sun sensitivity
- Mental confusion and seizures
Chest pain on taking a deep breath
- Nose, mouth, or throat sores
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Poor circulation in fingers and toes
- Bald patches and hair loss
Call Your Doctor About Lupus If:
- You have several of the symptoms listed above and suspect you have lupus.
- You have a family history of lupus and have experienced some of the symptoms above. Be even more alert for these symptoms if a close family member -- your mother, father, or sibling -- has lupus.
Lupus can be deadly. If you think you may have lupus, see a doctor right away -- treatment is much more successful if begun early and followed faithfully.