Different people have different symptoms, and one person may have different symptoms at different times. Symptoms can be vague.
Lupus can be very unpredictable. Some people have relatively few symptoms after the initial flare up, while others have periods of fairly good health (known as remission) alternating with flare-ups of disease.
The most common symptoms include:
- pain, stiffness or swelling in joints (experienced by about 50 per cent of people with lupus)
- skin rashes which can appear or become worse after exposure to the sun (experienced by about 20 per cent of people with lupus)
- feeling tired and weak (experienced by about 10 per cent of people with lupus).
Other fairly common symptoms are:
- loss of appetite and loss of weight
- hair loss
- feeling generally unwell
- ulcers in the mouth.
- feeling short of breath
- having pain in the chest
- Raynaud’s phenomenon, in which fingers and toes turn blue or white in the cold
- problems with eyesight
It's important to know that very few people get all the symptoms of lupus. Most people get some symptoms, but not others.
Last reviewed: November 2016