Joint pain is common and does not require any medical attention; so, that is generally ignored. Another symptom that is regarded as minor are skin rashes in the face and scalp that look like allergies. It takes some chest pains or breathing difficulty before someone becomes completely alarmed as these can denote cardiovascular diseases. All of these are symptoms of lupus or Systemic lupus erythematosus (S.L.E.) as the doctors may want to call it.
Lupus is a self-destructive disorder that damages the immune system that is why it is defined as an autoimmune disorder. It produces antibodies that destroy the tissues and organs of the host leading to many symptoms. Diagnosis is difficult because the symptoms can mean many kinds of possible diseases. Contact dermatitis, food allergies, pericarditis, rheumatoid arthritis and pleuritis also manifest common signs and symptoms. The symptoms of lupus, therefore, are too vague to be used as specific indicators of lupus.
What makes it harder is the fact that lupus cases do not manifest similar manifestations. The flares or the period of intense manifestations and remission or the state when the patient seems to be well can come and go without warning. There is no pattern with regards the length of time nor the severity of the flares between lupus patients; some are interminably long while others are just for a short while.
What determines the kinds of lupus symptoms are the damaged organs or systems. Despite having variable symptoms, lupus patients may manifest some common symptoms like the stiffness, swelling and pain in the joints as well fatigue and fever. Larger butterfly-shaped, allergy-like rashes can appear on the face and scalp as well as skin lesions due to increased sensitivity to the sun. The heart and lungs can be inflamed and cause shortness of breath and chest pains. Terrifying symptoms such as confusion, memory loss, headache and even seizures can be exhibited with effects on the brain.
When one thinks of possibilities, these are truly scary. Just recently a cure for lupus has been discovered. The first line of treatment is still the treatment of symptoms of lupus. Early diagnosis is still regarded as most important in order to manage the symptoms and for treatments to start.