Lupus symptoms

November 12, 2012

Lupus symptoms

Patients with a condition known as lupus erythematosus, or SLE may develop a number of lupus symptoms – including fatigue, skin rashes, and joint pain. As the disease progresses these symptoms may worsen with problems developing in the vital organs or nervous system.

There are wide varieties of lupus symptoms that are dependent on the severity of the condition and that may vary from individual to individual.

Two types of lupus

There are two separate but related types of lupus -

  • Systemic lupus – affects the internal organs, produces a mild rash or flushing effect on the face

  • Discoid lupus – produces a pronounced rash that sometimes scars on the face, severe hair loss and scarring of the scalp. Discoid lupus produces little or no internal symptoms – although a systemic attack of the disease may occur later in life.


Extreme fatigue is one of the most common

lupus symptom

– patients with a mild case of lupus may be unable to complete normal everyday tasks due to the severity of the fatigue they experience. For patients with lupus a decrease in energy levels is often a warning of an imminent flare up of symptoms.

Muscle and joint pain

Pain is another common

lupus symptom –

and is often the first reported symptom, pain is generally worse in the mornings, may be accompanied by some stiffness and the joints may appear swollen and reddened.

Disorders of the skin

Rashes on the skin are an important part of lupus diagnosis – the appearance of a butterfly shaped rash across the nose and cheeks is regarded as a classic

lupus symptom

and may be permanent. Sores and flaky skin may develop almost anywhere else on the body along with purple/red raised lesions and mouth or nasal ulcers. A pink spotty rash is very common around the elbows, fingers, and toes.

Many lupus patients suffer allergies and may report a long history of sensitivity to medications such as penicillin.

Sensitivity to light

Exposure to ultraviolet light may not only increase the severity of the rashes on the skin it may also result in a flare up of other symptoms. Those patients with fair skin appear to be more prone to this type of vulnerability to light.

Complications of the nervous system

These type of symptoms manifest as headaches, anxiety, depression, seizures and even some memory loss.

Cardiac complications

Lupus may cause inflammation of the heart resulting in severe, radiating pain from the left side of the chest.

Many variations of the conditions

Lupus symptoms, as stated, are many and varied, the most common symptoms appear to be joint and muscle pain coupled with extreme fatigue. However, generally a lupus patient may present with four or five varying symptoms at different stages of development, it should also be remembered that no two lupus patients will present with the same type of symptoms. Other common lupus symptoms include the following -

  • Increased risk of miscarriage
  • Flu-like symptoms/night sweats
  • Unexpected weight loss or weight gain
  • Inflammation of tissues of internal pain resulting in pain
  • Kidney problems
  • Hair loss
  • Anaemia
  • Swollen glands
  • Poor circulation resulting in ReynaudÂ’sÂ’ disease


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