Although there are many possible manifestations of lupus, those listed below are some of the more common. Lupus is a disease which can present many different facets, rarely do two people have exactly the same symptoms, and these can vary from just one to many.
▲Red rash of color change on the face, often in the shape of a butterfly across the bridge of the nose
▲Joint/muscle aches and pain
▲Chest pain when breathing
▲Unusual loss of hair
▲Pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress
▲Sensitivity to the sun
▲Low blood count
▲Extreme fatigue and weakness
▲Flu-like symptoms and/or night sweats
▲Rashes from sunlight/UV light
A person with lupus may have four or five symptoms. Some of these might recede, and/or others develop. The two major symptoms in lupus appear to be: Joint/muscle aches and pains Extreme fatigue and weakness.
*Only a doctor can diagnose lupus
Your physician will use a List of 11 internationally accepted criteria for the diagnosis of lupus compiled by the American College of Rheumatology: Malar rash, Discoid rash, Photosensitivity, Oral ulcers, Arthritis, Serositis, Renal disorder, Hematologic disorder, Neurological disorder, Immunologic disorder, and Abnormal ANA test.
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1. Have you ever had achy, painful & / or swollen joints for more than 3 months?
2. Do your fingers and /or toes become pale, numb or uncomfortable in the cold?
3. Have you had any sores in your mouth for more than two weeks?
4. Have you ever been told that you have a low blood count (s) - anemia, low white cell count or a low platelet count?
5. Have you ever had a prominent redness or color change in the shape of a butterfly across the bridge of your nose and cheeks?
6. Have you ever had an unexplained fever over 100 degrees for more than a few days?
7. Have you ever had a sensitivity to the sun where your skin “breaks out” after being in the sun (not a sunburn)?
8. Have you ever had chest pain with breathing for more than a few days (pleurisy)?
9. Have you ever been told you have protein in your urine?
10. Have you ever experienced persistent, extreme fatigue and weakness for days or even weeks at a time even after 6-8 hours of restful nighttime sleep?
If you answer “YES” to at least three (3) of these questions, there is a possibility you may have lupus. We suggest you call your doctor for an examination and to discuss any questions you may have about lupus.