You’re Exhausted All the Time
If you feel you can’t get out of bed in the morning, you may be suffering from lupus. However, exhaustion on its own isn’t necessarily a symptom of lupus. That’s because exhaustion can indicate several disorders, from depression to mononucleosis to cancer. Exhaustion is best considered a “support symptom.” It isn’t indicative of any one particular illness, but it can aid a doctor’s diagnosis when it’s accompanied by other symptoms.
Your Hands and Feet are Freezing
Many people have cold feet or hands. If you have lupus, though, you may suffer from Raynaud’s syndrome, which affects blood circulation in your hands and feet. This can result in your fingers and toes getting so cold that they start to go numb or even turn blue.
Raynaud’s syndrome can also cause your extremities to feel cold and turn blue when you get stressed. This condition can even extend to your ears, nose, and lips. After you’ve been warmed up, your circulation will return to normal in about 15 minutes.
Chest pain is something that should never be ignored. Even if your doctor rules out a heart attack, chest pain is another potential symptom of lupus. The disease can cause the sacs around your heart to swell, resulting in a constant, dull pain in your chest.
Lupus can also affect your lungs, leading to constant shortness of breath. Over time, the disease can even shrink your lungs. It may even affect your diaphragm, resulting in constant chest pain when you take a breath.