Symptoms can vary and can change over time. Common symptoms include:
- severe fatigue
- painful or swollen joints
- rash on cheeks and nose called “butterfly” rash
- hair loss
- blood-clotting problems
- Raynaud’s syndrome (fingers turning white/blue and tingle when cold)
Other symptoms can depend on the part of the body the disease is attacking, such as the digestive tract, the heart, or skin.
Lupus symptoms are also symptoms of many other diseases, which makes diagnosis tricky. If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor. Your doctor can run tests to gather the information needed to make an accurate diagnosis.