Understanding Your Symptoms

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus) can affect any organ in the body and may cause a wide range of symptoms.

A Complicated, Unpredictable Disease

Lupus is a complicated and unpredictable disease. You don’t know when symptoms will strike or how long a flare could last.

In fact, over time, SLE can even lead to organ damage.

That’s why it’s important to keep track of all symptoms, even ones you might not have associated with lupus, to share with your doctor.

Common Lupus Symptoms

Some of the most common lupus symptoms are:

  • Extreme fatigue that doesn't go away with rest
  • Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling in two or more joints
  • Fever over 100°F
  • Muscle pain
  • Hair loss
  • Skin sores and rashes (which may occur in a butterfly-shaped pattern across the cheeks and nose)
  • Nose or mouth sores (usually painless)
  • Skin rashes after sun exposure

Want to learn more about your symptoms?

The FREE Lupus Symptoms Reference Kit can help you identify, track, and gain a better understanding of your symptoms.

It includes:
  • Lupus Checklist: Record symptoms and health changes.
  • Lupus Impact TrackerTM: Rate how lupus is affecting your life.
  • Lupus Dictionary: Define lupus-related terms.
  • Lupus Journal: Collect your thoughts about your lupus.

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