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What are the most common lupus symptoms and early warning signs?
The symptoms of lupus are many and vary individually. No two patients experience identical symptoms. They can occur in any combination or independently of each other.
The severity of lupus also varies. While some patients have symptoms that appear suddenly and are severe, others have low level symptoms which may last for several years before a diagnosis. The course is very unpredictable, with flare ups that come and go.
During the initial stages of lupus, the most common lupus symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, skin rashes and fever.
Lupus can affect many parts of the body. They include the skin, joints, hair, tendons, muscles, lungs, heart, kidney, blood, immune system, brain and nervous symptom.
Achy joints (arthralgia) 95%
Fever more than 100 degrees F (38 degrees C) 90%
Arthritis (swollen joints) 90%
Prolonged or extreme fatigue 81%
Kidney involvement 50%
Pain in the chest on deep breathing (pleurisy) 45%
Butterfly-shaped rash across the cheeks and nose 42%
Sun or light sensitivity (photosensitivity) 30%
Hair loss 27%
Abnormal blood clotting problems 20%
Raynaudís phenomenon (fingers turning white &/or blue in cold) 17%
Mouth or nose ulcers 12%
Other possible symptoms of lupus include:
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