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Understanding Lupus -- Symptoms

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What Are the Symptoms of Lupus?

Lupus improves at times, and worsens at others. Symptoms of lupus may include:

  • Profound fatigue
  • Low-grade fever
  • Severe joint pain and muscle aches 
  • Skin rash on the face or body
  • Extreme sun sensitivity
  • Weight loss
  • 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

 

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About 1.5 million Americans have lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE), the most common form), according to the Lupus Foundation of America. The majority, 90%, are women, who usually develop the disease between ages 15 and 44. African-American, Hispanic, and Asian women have a higher risk. Eliza Chakravarty, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of immunology and rheumatology at Stanford University School of Medicine, sheds light on a disease you might not know much about.

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Call Your Doctor About Lupus If:

  • You have any 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.

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 22, 2014
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