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10 Common Symptoms of Lupus

Kimberly Love

Lupus is among the ranks of rather serious illnesses that aside from the name, not too many people know about – which is surprising when you know that 1.5 million Americans suffer from it; 90 percent of which are women.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is an immune disorder that causes abnormally low activity or over activity of the immune system. When it is a case of immune deficiency, the body is unable to fight harmful invaders, thus causing infections. When it is a case of immune system over activity, the body will begin to attack and damage its own tissue. Lupus is the latter of the two.

The result from a flare-up of lupus is inflammation, swelling, and damage to the joints, skin, kidneys, blood, heart and lungs. Lupus knows no bounds, and it can affect every part of the body from the inside out.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for lupus and treatment can only hope to make the sufferer comfortable at best. It is for this reason that early detection is so important. It is also important to note that many of the signs and symptoms associated with lupus can easily be attributed to other ailments, some more serious than others.

Nevertheless, in hopes of combating the very real problem of misdiagnosis, we have taken the liberty of putting together a list of the most common symptoms of lupus, so that you can be better informed, and potentially save yourself or a loved one along and difficult road of reaching a true diagnosis.

Here are the 10 common symptoms of lupus:

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