List of lupus symptoms

How to know you have lupus


List of the main symptoms of lupus in the different parts of the body

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease that can affect various body organs. The symptoms are diverse and may disappear or worsen depending on the evolution of the disease.

People with lupus do NOT suffer all the symptoms described here:

General symptoms of lupus

  • Fever: appears in 80% of patients with lupus. Only considered a symptom of lupus fever over 38 º C

  • Fatigue, prolonged fatigue

  • Anorexia (lack of appetite) or weight loss.

Repercussions of lupus in the locomotor system

  • Arthritis: swollen and tender joints in transitional periods. It is the most common symptom of lupus patients (95%), which is usually accompanied by weakness and fatigue.

  • Tenosynovitis: the lining of the tendon becomes inflamed, causing difficulty moving the joint and pain.

  • Myositis: inflammation of the muscles of the body.

  • Aseptic necrosis: bone tissue injury of the femoral head. It commonly affects most children with lupus.

Effects of lupus on the skin

butterfly rush from lupus

Drawing of butterfly rush, characteristic symptom of lupus

  • Erythema widespread in the body, butterfly rash, malar rash, palmar erythema

  • Blisters on the skin

  • Raynaud’s disease due to circulatory problems in the extremities.

  • Photosensitivity sunburn

  • Alopecia: the involvement of the scalp can cause hair loss.

  • Urticaria

  • Mouth ulcers and nasal ulcers: nasal ulcers are generally asymptomatic and are discovered during the medical examination.

Digestive symptoms of lupus

Cardiovascular system symptoms of lupus

Nervous system symptoms of lupus

  • Tingling in some areas of the body,

  • Muscle weakness

  • Seizures

  • Paralysis

  • Depression

  • Headache

  • Changes in personality

  • Confusion or psychosis

Renal system symptoms of lupus

Glomerulonephritis (kidney inflammation that triggers hypertension)

Excess protein in the urine (proteinuria, casts)

Blood in urine (hematuria)

Inflammation of the kidney and damage caused by lupus (lupus nephritis)

Renal failure

Pulmonary symptoms of lupus

  • Pleurisy: inflammation of the lining surrounding the lungs

  • Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

  • Pneumonitis

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