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  • Inflammation and pain of the joints
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Hair loss
  • Abnormal blood clotting
  • Anemia (low numbers of blood counts)
  • Fever
  • Raynaud’s (fingers and or toes turning white or blue/purple from lack of blood circulation)
  • Mouth and or nose ulcers
  • Malar rash (also known as the butterfly rash because it looks like a butterfly going from check to check and bridging across the nose)
  • Edema (swelling in the feet, legs, or hands)
  • Photosensitivity (sensitivity to light causing rashes, pleurisy, or pneumonia)
  • Pleurisy (inflammation of the lining of the lungs)

Lupus can cause complications in other areas of the body including:

  • Kidneys – Kidney damage
  • Heart – Pericarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart)
  • Central Nervous System – Headaches, dizziness, memory problems, seizures, behavioral changes
  • Cancer – Lupus increases the risk of cancer, especially non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, lung cancer and liver cancer
  • Bone tissue death – This is most common in the hip bone
  • Pregnancy – Lupus increases the risk of miscarriage, preterm birth and, hypertension during pregnancy
  • Infection – Lupus treatments depress the immune system making Lupus patients susceptible to infections

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