Lupus may be hard to diagnose. It’s often mistaken for other diseases. The signs of lupus differ from person to person. Some people have just a few signs; others have more.
Common signs of lupus are:
- Extreme fatigue (feeling tired all the time)
- Painful or swollen joints
- Muscle pain or weakness
- Unexplained fever
- Chest pain with deep breathing
- Depression, trouble thinking, and/or memory problems
- Unusual hair loss (mainly on the scalp)
- Pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress
- Red rash or color change on the face, often in the shape of a butterfly across the nose and cheeks
- Sensitivity to the sun
- Low blood count
- Swollen glands
Other signs are mouth sores, unexplained seizures (convulsions), “seeing things” (hallucinations), repeated miscarriages, and unexplained kidney problems.