Some common symptoms of lupus include headaches, swelling and pain in the joints, anemia, extreme weariness and edema in the extremities, according to Lupus Foundation of America. Symptoms may show up and fade away, and different symptoms can manifest at different times during the disease's progression.
Lupus can also present with ulcers in the nose or mouth, fingers that turn blue or white when it is cold, anomalous blood clotting, loss of hair, and a sensitivity to the sun or to light. People who feel chest pain when they take deep breaths or develop a rash in the shape of a butterly on their noses and cheeks may also suffer from lupus, according to Lupus Foundation of America.
People sometimes refer to lupus as "the great imitator" because its symptoms are quite similar to symptoms of many other conditions, such as thyroid issues, diabetes, blood illnesses, fibromyalgia and Lyme disease. Several diseases of the bones, muscles, lungs and hearts also closely resemble lupus. Because of this, rendering an accurate diagnosis can be difficult. Providing an accurate medical history to the physician can be the difference between an accurate diagnosis and a tragic error, as stated by Lupus Foundation of America.