Lupus presents various symptoms, many of which we may think are nor related to one another and for which we see various specialists. Lupus patients are even diagnosed with different conditions in addition to the lupus, like fibromyalgia. It is sometimes difficult to recognize which of our symptoms correspond to lupus and which of those are cause for alarm. Many symtoms are not dangerous and can, many times, be treated with alternative methods. For example, skin eruptions can be treated at home with various remedies, as well as joint pain and hair loss and dryness, etc. (see previous blogs for details). However, as all of us with this condtion know, as it can attack the skin, it can also attack vital organs any moment. When this is the case, we have to run immediately to the doctor. Some alarm signs are:
- Excessive liquid retention.
- Pain in the lower back, at the waist (it can be confused with menstrual pains or back pain).
- Pain while urinating or blood in the urine.
- Increase in heart rate without explanation.
- Pain in the chest, arms or back in the heart region.
Central nervous System:
- Pain in the spinal chord.
- Inflammation at the base of the skull.
- Problems with your vision, motor coordination, hearing or any alteration of the senses.
- Severe indigestion of greses and proteins.
- Pain in the right side of the abdomen (where the ribs end).
- Abnormal blood work results for liver functions.
Lungs and bronchi
- Shortness of breath
- Painful coughing or expelling blood.
- Pain in the chest in the inhalation or exhalaltion.