Inflammation of the joints can be limiting. It makes walking, getting up in the morning, and your favorite activities harder to complete. The fear of not knowing why you have certain symptoms can be stressful. Inflammation is only one symptom of the autoimmune disease Lupus. Often times, these symptoms may be hard to spot and may be similar to those of other conditions. Exhibiting these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have Lupus, but it could be an early warning sign. We have taken the time to outline 6 early lupus symptoms to keep you aware of how this autoimmune disease displays itself in people. These early symptoms may be the start of finding a diagnosis for you.
Many lupus sufferers notice a low-grade fever for no apparent reason. It normally stays between 98.5° and 101°. The fever may be recurrent and could signal inflammation, infection, or imminent flare-up. If you have reoccurring low-grade fevers, you should see your doctor.
2. Painful, swollen joints
Like mentioned above, Lupus can cause inflammation, stiffness, and visible swelling in the joints. This occurs more frequently in the mornings and may be gradual at first, becoming more obvious. There are many treatment options for joint issues including over-the-counter pain relievers and all natural joint supplements.
3. Hair Loss
One of the first signs of Lupus is thinning of the hair. Some experience hair loss by shedding it in clumps, but most experienced a slow thinning of the hair. Lupus can cause hair to feel brittle and break easily. Body hair can also thin on the eyebrows, eyelashes, and beard.
Fatigue is extremely common in people with Lupus. We recommend taking a nap during the day and sticking to a strict schedule to try and keep your energy levels up. Some cases of fatigue can be treated by your doctor.
5. Kidney Inflammation
Nephritis is inflammation of the kidney that is commonly developed by people with Lupus. Inflammation limits the kidneys from doing their job of removing waste and toxins from the blood. Symptoms include high blood pressure and swelling of the lower legs and feet. Urine may be dark than normal and you may experience pain in your side.
6. Dry eyes, dry mouth
If you have Lupus you may notice dry eyes and a dry mouth. This is because some Lupus patients develop another autoimmune disorder called Sjogren’s Syndrome. This syndrome causes malfunctioning of the glands, including those responsible for salvia and tear production. In some cases, women with Lupus may also develop dryness of the vagina. Your doctor can prescribe specific medications that can increase salvia and tear production.
Experiencing unexplained symptoms like those that may signal lupus can be stressful and scary. We hope this list of early lupus symptoms has better informed you and given you a first step in providing a solution for hardships you may be going through. If you think you may be suffering from Lupus we recommend seeing your doctor first. If you’re looking for a way to treat joint issues associated with lupus, daily joint supplements may be for you. Not sure which joint supplement is for you? We can help. Download our free eBook How To Choose the Right Joint Supplement.
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