1. Extreme FatigueLupus causes extreme weakness and fatigue, often affecting many joints and muscles. This type of fatigue cannot be remedied by sleep.
2. Painful JointsOne of the most debilitating effects of lupus is pain and weakness in the joints. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, more than 90% of people diagnosed with lupus will experience joint pain.
3. HeadachesHeadaches can come about more easily for those suffering with lupus, and they're often accompanied by nausea and fatigue.
4. Sensitivity to LightThose with lupus are usually extra sensitive to light — both sunlight and indoor lighting. It can quickly trigger a headache.
5. Hair LossHair loss results from inflammation of the skin and scalp. While some may lose hair by the clump, others will experience hair loss more slowly.
6. FeverOne of the early signs of lupus is a low-grade fever for no reason, usually around 98.5 to 101 degrees Fahrenheit. It's often a sign of inflammation, infection or a flare-up.
7. Discolored FingersLupus can cause poor circulation in the fingers and toes, leading to discoloration.
8. SwellingThe inflammation running throughout the body can affect almost every organ, muscle and tissue. Those with lupus often experience swelling in different parts of the body.
9. RashA lupus rash forms in the shape of a butterfly on the face. It spreads over the bridge of the nose and onto the cheeks, similar to a sunburn.
10. Chest PainPain in the chest can be a result of inflammation in the lungs, diaphragm and blood vessels. Breathing may become labored.
Lupus ManagementPrevention methods for lupus are unknown, but if you're living with lupus, there are ways to help prevent a flare-up. Living a healthy lifestyle by getting plenty of sleep, avoiding stress and sunlight, staying active and not smoking can help you manage lupus symptoms. Certain medications are often prescribed to those who develop lupus, but many believe that the disease can be treated using a more natural approach. Natural remedies believed to help manage lupus include:
- Massage - beneficial to those with chronic joint and muscle pain due to lupus
- Chiropractic care - improves the mobility of joints to reduce pain
- Yoga - can help those with lupus maintain flexibility and help to alleviate stress
- Meditation - can be used to control pain, reduce stress and promote one's sense of well-being
- Hydrotherapy - cold and hot compresses can be used for pain relief