6 Lesser Known Lupus Symptoms


While every case of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is different, there are a few common symptoms most lupus patients share. Some are joint pain, butterfly rash on the face, fever, fatigue, and sensitivity to the sun.

Learn more about 13 of the most common symptoms of lupus.

But because SLE is such a complex very individualized disease, some symptoms are little known and less common. Here’s a list of six of them from NewLifeOutlook.
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While it is well-known that lupus patients have higher rates of depression and anxiety it is not known if some cases are more situational than bioligical. However, lupus psychosis can occur during the disease onset, during the first years of the disease, or during a flare. Treatment with steroids helps. The psychosis is usually short-lived.

Read more about how SLE patients with history of psychosis may be at risk of seizures.

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  1. Cat McCrory says:

    I am sitting here crying. I have vertigo and hearing loss, and dental issues and gastroparesis. My rheumatologist tells me it’s not related. I also have wicked migraines and extreme forgetfulness.

    • Miriam says:

      It’s okay to get frustrated and cry.

      You might want to look for a new rheumatologist. A dentist (or dental hygienist) told me that lupus patients have an increased risk for dental issues. My old insurance even allowed an extra cleaning each year because of my lupus. I have Systemic Lupus, and my rheumatologist said it can affect any part of my body.

      For me, it helps to accept my situation & look for ways I can learn and grow from my experience. I believe going through hard things can help us become better people. I can practice patience, gratitude, grace in suffering, and choose to have a good attitude. Learning and practicing these types of qualities helps build good character and creates a more meaningful life. I am religious, and believe that God has a plan for my life. It is hard sometimes, but I know that He wants what is best for me, and I can put my trust in Him.

      I hope things get better for you & that you can find peace in your life!

  2. Doreen says:

    Cat I am sorry for what you are experiencing. It is awful misery to be in pain for most of one’s life and having a catalogue of symptoms all at once just makes one feel as if they are drowning in pain and don’t know what to do. Tears are the only outlet for what one is feeling and it is the only release that can bring some comfort in one’s day. You are not alone. I have my own challenges and I cry with you so you are not alone. I know we all go through our own pain and no two experiences are the same. There are so many people just like us accross the world going through this and it this is the only way we get through our day by sharing. All we can do is take one day at a time and try and do something special for ourselves each day as a way of nurturing ourselves. This will pick up our mood and help us move forward. I wish you better days ahead and know that you have friends who care,

    • Leslie says:

      I also have severe migraines and gastroparesis from my SLE. My rheumatologist told me the same thing-that they weren’t related to the lupus. I finally found a headache specialist in Dallas and he told me something that I always reflect back on. He said that rheumatologist are joint doctors and that most of them are not taught any of the related problems associated with lupus. Since then, I have had my GP treat everything but my joints.

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