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12 Symptoms of Lupus

1. Joint Pain

Most people with lupus report pain in their joints as one of the first symptoms of the disease. You may also experience pain, inflammation, or weakness in your muscles.

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Medically Reviewed By: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS | Last Review Date:

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Medical References

  1. The Impact of Lupus on the Body. Lupus Foundation of America.
  2. How does lupus affect the renal (kidney) system? Lupus Foundation of America.
  3. How does lupus affect the musculoskeletal system? Lupus Foundation of America.
  4. How does lupus affect the skin? Lupus Foundation of America.
  5. How can I manage my fatigue? Lupus Foundation of America.
  6. Why is exercise so important in managing lupus, and what exercises could I do with lupus? Lupus Foundation of America.
  7. What is the best way to deal with my pain? Lupus Foundation of America.
  8. What is photosensitivity? Lupus Foundation of America.
  9. Are there various forms of lupus? Lupus Foundation of America.
  10. Handout on Health: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.
  11. Raynaud’s Disease.  MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine.


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