12. Gastrointestinal problems
For some people with lupus, their symptoms can present as gastrointestinal issues, such as acid reflux and heartburn. Fortunately, these symptoms can often be alleviated by taking antacids, reducing meal sizes, and avoiding caffeinated drinks.
However, since lupus is an autoimmune disease, it can also cause or worsen other digestive disorders such as ulcerative colitis and pancreatitis. This can cause persistent abdominal pain, nausea, and in some cases vomiting.
13. Dry mouth and dry eyes
Have you suddenly found your mouth drier than usual and your eyes feeling dry and swollen? These are even more common symptoms of lupus. Or, more specifically, these are the symptoms of another autoimmune disease that people with lupus often contract.
This is called Sjogren’s disease. It causes dry mouth and eyes because it « causes dysfunction of the glands responsible for tears and saliva and lymphocytes can build up in the glands. » said Health Line. The source adds that women with lupus may find that the condition also causes vaginal dryness and dry skin.
14. Confusion, crises and psychosis
As mentioned earlier, lupus can affect cells all over the body, including those in the brain. In addition to the headaches already mentioned, these brain-related symptoms can include dizziness, confusion, and memory loss.
More seriously, symptoms can include seizures and psychosis, which Lupus Canada said occur in about 25% of people with the disease. To help identify and distinguish these symptoms, the source says that seizures « involve loss of consciousness and involuntary bodily movements », while psychosis « is a serious mental condition where thinking and behavior are disturbed, often including hallucinations… and delusions… ”.