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A lupus awareness and educational program from the American College of Rheumatology

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The earlier lupus is diagnosed, the better. Early diagnosis improves quality of life and saves lives, so it’s important to know the signs:

  • painful or swollen joints
  • sores in the mouth or on the skin that do not heal
  • fever greater than 100 degrees for several days
  • rashes, especially across the nose and cheeks
  • sensitivity to the sun that may cause a skin rash to appear or get worse
  • fatigue or weakness that last for days or weeks and is not relieved by rest
  • sudden, unexplained hair loss
  • muscle weakness
  • trouble thinking or focusing

Patient Physician Dialogue Tool

Take Action!

If you think you may have, or may be at risk for lupus, it is important to take action. Begin by seeing your doctor as soon as possible. Remember that diagnosing lupus can be difficult and takes time. Making a correct diagnosis requires good communication between you and your doctor. This Patient Physician Dialogue Tool (PDF) can help you prepare for a discussion with your doctor.

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