“There are dominant features,” symptoms that are very characteristic of the disease and can help doctors recognize what’s going on. Below are the most common signs of lupus. If you think you may have it, see your doctor to talk about your concerns ASAP.
Joint swelling and pain
“Joint pains and joint swelling and stiffness in the morning,” are all classic signs of lupus, Buyon says. It most commonly presents in the wrists, knuckles, and fingers. This also makes it easy to confused with rheumatoid arthritis. “The textbook difference between lupus and rheumatoid arthritis is that lupus can affect joints on one side and not the other, whereas RA usually affects both sides equally,” Buyon explains. Swelling can also come and go with lupus and doesn’t get progressively worse and disfiguring like it does in RA. “Lupus also tends to occur in younger patients.”