Worried About Lupus? 5 Common Lupus Symptoms

Lupus is an autoimmune disease with symptoms that can range from manageable to life-threatening. While the cause of lupus is unknown, experts believe that a combination of genetic, environmental, and possibly hormonal factors are involved, putting people at a higher risk. If you are worried about lupus, keep an eye out for these common lupus symptoms:

  1. Swollen and/or painful joints
  2. Unexplained fever
  3. Extreme fatigue
  4. Kidney problems
  5. A butterfly shaped rash across the nose and cheeks

The good news is that these symptoms can go into remission for weeks or even years. More severe forms of lupus symptoms can be difficult to manage medically – immunosuppressive drugs such as prednisone can control these symptoms, but should be used with caution, as they can reduce the chance that the disease will go into remission naturally.

Most integrative medicine-trained providers are interested in helping you understand your risks, and if present, helping you find a lifestyle that can help reduce or even at times reverse the inflammation driving auto-immune conditions like lupus. Talk with your doctor or seek out an integrative provider in your area if lupus is a concern for you.

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