Lupus is a serious disease which causes intense inflammation along with a variety of other symptoms. Each sufferer’s symptoms are quite different. Here, MusicSnake Magazine put together a list of 9 Early Signs that may mean you have lupus.

Number One: Pulmonary Problems. Lung inflammation is quite common, along with inflammation of the blood vessels surrounding the lungs. It can also lead to pain in the diaphragm.

Number Two: Recurring Unexplained Fever. Most people don’t think to go to the doctor when they have a low-grade fever. If yours doesn’t go away or continues coming back for no apparent reason, you must see a doctor.

Number Three: Swelling of the Joints. You may feel stiff in the joints or notice some swelling. Persistent swollen and painful joints could be an early sign of lupus.

Number Four: Hair Loss. This disease makes the hair more brittle, causing it to break easily. With some people, the hair thins out gradually, and with others it falls out in clumps. Some may experience thinning of eyebrows and eyelashes as well.

Number Five: Extreme Tiredness. Most people who have lupus experience fatigue. In fact, 90% of patients have reported it at some point during the illness.

Number Six: Dry Eyes or Mouth. Lupus causes the glands responsible for saliva and tear production to start malfunctioning. This often leads to dryness of the mouth and eyes. Your eyes may sting a bit or feel gritty if lupus is the cause of the dryness.

Number Seven: Skin Rashes or Lesions. Many people with lupus develop a rash on their face. It starts at the nose and spreads over both cheeks and is said to resemble a butterfly.

Number Eight: Inflammation of the Kidneys. Kidney inflammation may mean that your kidneys have a rougher time fulfilling their functions and filtering toxins from the body. This can lead to swelling and other unpleasantness.

Number Nine: Gastrointestinal Issues. People with this disease notice problems like heartburn or indigestion. Avoid lying down immediately after meals and don’t drink caffeine if you notice these problems. If they persist, see your doctor.

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