Symptoms of Systemic
People with SLE will experience symptoms that
can manifest themselves either quickly (over a few days) or slowly
(even over a couple of months). Since so many different organs
can be affected, there can be a wide variety of symptoms. They
oftentimes manifest themselves more prominently in the winter
months because of a build up due to prolonged exposure to the
sunlight in the summer. The symptoms are typically the same for
both men and women. People with these symptoms should seek the
diagnosis of a medical professional.
The dominant lupus symptoms are:
Extreme fatigue or tiredness.
Pain and swelling in the joints (arthritis).
Rash. A malar rash (also called butterfly rash) might appear on
the face. It goes across the nose and cheeks like an enormous
nasal strip. You might also get the rash on any other areas that
are exposed to the sun.
Other symptoms of lupus are:
low red blood cells count (anemia) or hemoglobin, or low volume
swollen feet (edema), hande, legs, around the eyes
chest pain while breathing deeply (pleurisy)
sun or ultraviolet light sensitivity (photosensitivity)
loss of hair
blood clotting (abnormal clotting)
fingers turning blue or white when they are cold
ulcers in the nose or mouth
If you are diagnosed with lupus, you doctor will
work out a treatment plan.