Symptoms of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus are diagnosed nine times more in women than in men. The average age group affected with this chronic autoimmune disease is 15-50 years. Owing to its nature of orgin, there is no cure for this disease. Its treatment depends upon addressing the signs. This article tries to gain further insight into these signs.

Symptoms of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus:

  • Butterfly skin rash found in 50 percent of the patients
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon seen in 20 percent patients – The condition involves discoloration of fingers, toes, ears and toes as blood is blocked from reaching these locations
  • Maliase – Vague feeling of bodily discomfort
  • Unexplained fever
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Arthritis
  • Kidney problems
  • Hair loss
  • Chills
  • Chest pain
  • Deep breathing
  • Swellings
  • Nasal sores
  • Mouth sores
  • Finger rash
  • Rash on palms
  • Rash on cheeks and nose
  • Sun sensitivity
  • Ankle swelling
  • Proteinuria – Presence of excess protein in the urine
  • Headaches
  • Memory problems
  • Dizziness
  • Vision problems
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Stroke
  • Confusion
  • Damage of nerves of the nervous system
  • Depression
  • Mania
  • Personality changes
  • Schizophrenia – Group of severe mental disorders involving withdrawal from reality, illogical patterns of thinking, delusions and hallucinations
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Numbness in fingers
  • Poor finger circulation
  • Poor toe circulation
  • Weight loss
  • Anemia – Low red blood cells
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Swelling of eyes
  • Leg swelling
  • Pleuritis – Swelling of a cavity surrounding the lungs
  • Anxiety
  • Skin lesions
  • Enlarged spleen
  • Enlarged liver
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Rapid breathing
  • Leukopenia – Reduced white blood cell count
  • Thrombocytopenia – Low platelet count in the blood
  • Chronic leg ulcers
  • Butterfly face eruption
  • Nail bed scarring
  • High blood pressure
  • Convulsions
  • Hypertension

Advanced Symptoms of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus:

  • Myocarditis – Inflammation of the heart muscles
  • Migratory joint pain
  • Endocarditis – Swelling of the inner layers of the heart
  • Anorexia – Eating disorder with fear of gaining weight
  • Vasculitis – Destruction of blood vessels caused by their swelling
  • Pericarditis – Swelling of a fibrous sac surrounding the heart
  • Increased gamma globulin levels in blood – Proteins found in blood whose increased levels imply that the body is under attack from foreign organisms.
  • Intermittent abdominal pleuritic pain
  • Glomerulonephritis – Swelling of small blood vessels in the kidneys
  • Cyanosis – Blue coluration of the skin due to lack of blood supply
  • Telangiectasia – Small dilated blood vessels on the surface
  • Cotton wool retinal exudates – Yellowish spots on the retina
  • Anterior Uveitis – Inflammation of the middle layer of eyes
  • Glomerular sclerosis – Hardening of the sustances inside the intestines
  • Maculopapular red eruption on neck
  • Reduced eosinophils – Low count of a type of white blood cells which constitute 1-3 percent of the total WBCs.

1 response to Symptoms of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

  1. Thank you for this informative article on systemic lupus erythematosus.

    I have recently been tested for lupus and can tell you that I am thrilled to learn that I do not in fact have it. I have spent a great deal of time searching on the internet for information on lupus, so thank you for this info.


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