What is Lupus?

Lupus is an autoimmune disease, meaning the immune system attacks healthy tissue in the body often causing pain, swelling, fatigue, and a generally sick feeling.  Lupus can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, lungs, blood vessels, heart, brain and digestive system.

Common lupus symptoms include:

  • Fatigue (being very tired)

  • Rash or color change in the face

  • Painful or swollen joints, muscle pain

  • Unexplained fever

  • Chest pain

  • Unusual hair loss

  • Pale/purple fingers from cold or stress (Called Raynaud’s phenomenon)

  • Forgetfulness and difficulty in concentrating