Lupus Awareness: Did you know?

Lupus is sometimes misdiagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis and is very difficult to diagnose. There is not simply one single test but several tests that can help make a diagnosis. Some signs to be aware of:

  • Painful or swollen joints
  • Fingertips and/or toes become pale or purple from the cold or stress
  • Sores in the mouth or nose
  • Low blood count
  • Red rash or color change on the face, across the cheek or bridge of nose
  • Unexplained fever for several days
  • Chest pain associated with breathing
  • Protein in the urine
  • Extreme fatigue — feeling tired all the time
  • Sensitivity to the sun
  • Depression, trouble thinking, and/or memory problems
  • Unusual hair loss, mainly on the scalp

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MAY HAVE ONE OR ALL OF THESE SYMPTOMS, IT DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE LUPUS. PLEASE DO NOT SELF DIAGNOSE THIS IS FOR AWARENESS PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN FOR MEDICAL ADVICE.

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