Although no two cases of lupus are alike, there are symptoms—things that a person with lupus feels or experiences as opposed to a doctor testing for—that many with the disease notice.
Common complaints include the following:
- Swollen, stiff, and painful joints
- Fever over 100 degrees F
- Rashes on the skin and/or sensitivity to the sun
- Swelling around the ankles
- Chest pain with deep breaths
- Unusual hair loss
- Pale or purple fingers from cold or stress
- Mouth ulcers, often painless
In some cases of lupus, several of these symptoms develop at once in what is called a “flare.”
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