A wide range of lupus symptoms may occur as the disease can affect different organs of your body. Symptoms of lupus varies from individual to individual. Some may have few mild symptoms while others may have many severe symptoms.
Early signs of Lupus
Lupus symptoms may start in early adulthood, from the teens till the 30s. People with lupus usually have at times flare-ups of symptoms immediately followed by periods of remission just like some of the autoimmune diseases. This is the reason early signs of lupus are easy to dismiss. As the early signs of lupus are similar to those of other conditions, having the symptoms does not necessarily confirm you have lupus. Fever, fatigue, hair loss, skin rash, etc.. are some of the early signs of this condition.
The most common symptoms of lupus include the following:
- Extreme tiredness / Fatigue
- Painful or swollen joints
- Hair loss
- Swelling in feet, legs, hands, and/or around eyes
- On deep breathing experience pain in chest
- Butterfly-shaped rash across cheeks and nose
- Sensitivity to light and sun
- Abnormal blood clotting
- Ulcers in the mouth or nose
- Fingers turning white and/or blue when cold
Lupus symptoms in women are similar to lupus symptoms in men. In addition, some women may experience dryness of vagina. Many of the lupus symptoms are seen in other diseases as well. In fact, lupus is sometimes referred to as “the great imitator” because of the similarity of its symptoms with symptoms of other illnesses like the rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, blood disorders, thyroid, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, and a number of muscle, lung, heart & bone diseases.
List of potential lupus symptoms a person may get is lengthy. Not everyone will experience all the symptoms at the same time. There will be periods of flares and remissions. While new symptoms appear, old ones disappear.