Lupus Signs and Symptoms

Lupus Symptoms and Signs

Lupus is a very difficult disease to diagnose.  Because lupus rarely presents itself the same way in any two people, it is very challenging for those in the medical profession to understand, diagnose and properly treat.  It often takes a very long time for a diagnosis, which can be extremely frustrating for both the patient and the physician alike. Lupus symptoms may have a sudden onset or progress slowly; they could be temporary or permanent, making it all the more confusing and concerning. There are, however certain signs and symptoms that may begin you asking the question, “Could I have lupus?”

Lupus Symptoms
Lupus can and often affects many
different systems in the body, and therefore, if you do have lupus,  the symptoms and signs that you may experience will depend heavily on which part of the body is being affected by the disease, but here is a thorough yet abbreviated list;

A Quick Synopsis of Some Common Lupus Symptoms and Signs

Check out this link from About.com http://video.about.com/arthritis/Symptoms-That-Might-Indicate-Lupus.htm#, for a great, short, informational video featuring the Chairman of Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Dr. Bob Lahita. This video provides clear and concise information that will help to give an understanding of what could be some symptoms of lupus.He also gives some fantastic advice by recommending that the patient write down all symptoms being experienced before heading in to a doctor for diagnosis.

If you develop an unexplained rash, are having ongoing fever along with persistent aching or fatigue, write these, and any other accompanying symptoms down and seek a medical professional like a rheumatologist. Please see the related links below.

Some Super Resources

Would you like to know more about lupus?  Please visit the What is Lupus? page on our website or read our What is Lupus? blog.

Do you think you may have lupus?  Click on this link for some more great information on Lupus Symptoms.

Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus has a great referral network that we working on making even more robust. Please find it here: Referral Network

Fortunately because of the hard work we are doing here at Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus, along with the efforts of other lupus organizations and research institutes, awareness is being brought to this debilitating disease.  We are making strides in the understanding of lupus, which is leading to quicker diagnosis, the development of better treatments and medications, and ultimately getting steps closer to our goal of a cure.

You can help us spread the word!  To learn more, stay up to date,  and be a part of our online community; find us on Twitter, follow us on Pinterest, like us on Facebook,  join us on Google+ and let’s keep this conversation going. Find the links below. Please leave your comments as well, we want to hear from you!

 

 

Article by : Karrie Sundbom

Karrie is the Digital Marketing Manager at Molly's Fund and responsible for innovating content for all of Molly's Funds online communications, creating memes and graphics, writing the MFFL Newsletter and main lupus blogs, as well as developing and managing the content for all of our social media platforms. Connect with Karrie on LinkedIn and Google+ .
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