Lupus is an autoimmune disease (when your body’s defense systems turn on you) and can cause chronic conditions lasting for years. Cases of lupus can range from relatively mild to life threatening, so recognizing and treating this condition early is very important.
According to Lupus.org, as many as 1.5 million Americans are living with Lupus, making it a widespread problem. While the disease is not contagious according to the source, here are 11 symptoms and risk factors to pay attention to that may require medical attention…
1. Fatigue is Common
This symptom of Lupus makes it difficult to distinguish from other disorders including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and even Lyme Disease (from a tick bite). According to Healthline.com, about 90-percent of Lupus sufferers will experience fatigue.
The source notes that taking a nap can improve energy levels for those with Lupus (while fatigue related to other diseases isn’t improved with rest). In cases of “debilitating” fatigue from Lupus, a doctor may be able to administer treatment to put more spring in your step.