Lupus Symptoms

Although no two cases of lupus are alike, there are symptoms—things that a person with lupus feels or experiences as opposed to a doctor testing for—that many with the disease notice.

Common complaints include the following:

  • Swollen, stiff, and painful joints
  • Fever over 100 degrees F
  • Fatigue
  • Rashes on the skin and/or sensitivity to the sun
  • Swelling around the ankles
  • Chest pain with deep breaths
  • Unusual hair loss
  • Pale or purple fingers from cold or stress
  • Mouth ulcers, often painless

In some cases of lupus, several of these symptoms develop at once in what is called a “flare.”