Symptoms of Lupus

There are many different symptoms of SLE, however, some of the more common symptoms are:

  • Joint, muscle pain and swollen joints
  • Unexplained fevers
  • Swollen glands in the neck, arm pit or groin area
  • Persistent pink or red facial skin rash, or rashes on other body parts
  • Sun sensitivity
  • Unexplained loss of hair
  • Difficulty breathing or chest pain when breathing deeply
  • Edema or puffiness in the legs, around the eyes or other body parts
  • Canker sores or ulcers in or around the mouth
  • Poor circulation in fingers or toes; pale or purple looking extremities
  • Feeling unusually tired or fatigued, uncomfortable or achy.

Less common symptoms include:

  • Low red blood cell count resulting in anemia
  • Fainting or dizzy spells
  • Feelings of sadness or depression
  • Forgetfulness, confusion, or lack of attention span
  • Seizures, convulsions or blackouts
  • Headaches or migraines

Symptoms and their intensity are often not consistent and can come and go with new symptoms appearing at anytime. The times when a person with Lupus is having symptoms are called flare-ups and can happen frequently or far apart, without any regularity.