Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Lupus Health Center

Font Size

Complications of Lupus - Topic Overview

Nervous system problems

Neurological (nervous system) problems associated with lupus include:

  • Mild memory loss, trouble concentrating, and errors in insight and judgment.
  • Headaches, which are common but are usually related to stress and tension. Migraine headaches occur in many people who have lupus.
  • Nervous system problems that cause vision disturbance, dizziness, muscle weakness in the face, arms, or legs, or loss of temperature or pain sensation in the feet, hands, arms, or legs (cranial or peripheral neuropathy).
  • Seizures. They may be caused by problems with blood pressure, infections, or inflammation in blood vessels in the brain.
  • Strokes, ranging from mild to severe.

Mental health problems

The physical and emotional stress of coping with a chronic illness can make it difficult to maintain good mental health.

  • Many people with lupus become anxious, depressed, or both.
  • Psychosis, a mental-behavioral disorder in which a person may have delusions (firmly held but false beliefs) or hallucinations (false perceptions) or both, is seen in some people who have lupus. It can be caused by the disease or by medicines such as tranquilizers, corticosteroids, or narcotic pain relievers.
  • Manic behavior, including unusually high levels of energy and activity, difficulty sleeping, and irritability, can occur as a result of corticosteroid treatment for lupus. It is usually not serious and goes away when the medicine is discontinued.

Digestive system problems

Problems in the digestive system are not common with lupus but may include:

1|2|3
1|2|3

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: May 10, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
Next Article:

Today on WebMD

Lupus Overview Slideshow
Slideshow
sunburst filtering through leaves
Article
 
lupus medication
Article
Trainer demonstrating exercise for RA
Slideshow
 
Woman rubbing shoulder
Slideshow
Bag of cosmetics
Video
 
young woman hiding face
Quiz
pregnant woman
Article
 
5 Lupus Risk Factors
Article
Young adult couple
Article
 
doctor advising patient
Article
sticky notes on face
Video
 

WebMD Special Sections