8. You Feel Like You’re Going Crazy
Some lupus patients get diagnosed when they go to a psychiatrist to be treated for schizophrenia. Lupus can turn your immune system on any organ, including the brain. This can result in people thinking they’re going through a psychotic break. Symptoms can include confusion, paranoia, and seizures, in addition to visual and auditory hallucinations. A doctor may suspect lupus if these symptoms occur suddenly with no prior record of the patient suffering from mental illness.
7. You’re Exhausted All the Time
If you feel you can’t get out of bed in the morning, you may have 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 other symptoms accompany it.
6. 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.Related: 13 Autoimmune Disorders That Cause Your Body to Attack Itself