The Quiet Signs of the “Great Imitator”
Systemic lupus erythematosus, also known as SLE, is often referred to as a trickster, imitator, and an enigma. SLE is so good at masquerading as other diseases that it makes it so hard to diagnose and identify. Organizations and corporations are working to improve the medical awareness and populace identification system for SLE.
The necessity for this awareness and identification education is vital. This will help those affected to be able to receive the treatment and care that they need earlier. As information increases about SLE, innovative methods and sustaining care can be achieved. Incorrect diagnosis of SLE leads many afflicted with SLE totally unaware that they have the autoimmune disease.
What are common symptoms of SLE?
Lupus can affect so many parts of the body, it leads to a confusing array of symptoms. This is why SLE is said to mimic and or be mistaken for other illnesses. Many people don’t have all the symptoms. Therefore, receiving a diagnosis can be elusive, leaving some with unexplained symptoms of SLE for years. Being left in the dark without proper information can be frustrating.
The most common symptoms amongst both (men and women) are:
- Extreme fatigue
- Swelling and pain in the joints
- Low fever
- Cognitive dysfunction
- Sensitivity to sunlight and fluorescent lights
- Chest pain while breathing deep
Many people exhibit common symptoms with their skin and hair, such as:
- A butterfly-shaped rash on cheeks and nose
- Hair loss
- Sores in the mouth or nose
- Fingers and toes turning a white or blue hue and feeling numb when cold or stressed
Are you having these symptoms? Does this mean that you have lupus? SLE can come with symptoms of the skin, muscles, bones, blood, heart, lungs, kidneys, eyes, neuropsychiatric, and reproductive system.
Could it be Lupus?
SLE can come with symptoms of the skin, muscles, bones, blood, heart, lungs, kidneys, eyes, neuropsychiatric, and reproductive system. Answer these questions to find out if you have common lupus symptoms or complete this lupus symptoms checklist.
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