4. Chest pain
Lupus often causes inflammation of the heart or its outer or inner linings. This results in shortness of breath, sharp chest pain, interrupted blood flow, and ultimately an increased risk for heart disease. Lupus can also affect both the inside of the lungs and the outside lining. “Some people say it hurts when they take a deep breath—that’s fluid around the lungs.” If your chest is bothering you when you breathe, that’s a red flag.
It’s a big symptom of lupus, but unfortunately, it can also represent a lot of different diseases. Lupus can cause blood problems like anemia, which result in low energy levels, and this overall feeling of exhaustion can come from any of the many things going on inside your body—having unhealthy kidneys or lungs or a heart can leave you exhausted.
6. Hair loss
“It’s often in the frontal region, and sometimes can cause embarrassing baldness” because of how drastic it is, Buyon says. It can also cause sores in the scalp. If you present with this symptom, you should also have your thyroid evaluated, Buyon says. Hair loss is a classic symptom of hypothyroidism.