Could You Have Lupus?

Are You Experiencing Lupus Symptoms? Take This Quiz

1. Have you had a red, flat facial rash over the bridge of your nose and across your cheeks in a butterfly shape?

2. Are you unusually sensitive to sunlight (known as photosensitivity)?

4. Do you have symptoms associated with arthritis (e.g., joint pain, stiffness, swelling)?

6. Have you experienced unexplained hair loss, a condition known as alopecia?

8. Have you experienced bluish fingers when cold (Raynaud's phenomenon)?

9. If you have had an antinuclear antibody test (ANA), what were the results?

10. Have you had unexplained low blood counts (white blood cells, platelets, red blood cells)?

11. Have you had positive results for anti-dsDNA (double-stranded DNA), anti-Sm (Smith)?

12. Have you had unexplained kidney problems, such as nephritis, protein in the urine, or decrease in kidney function?

13. Have you experienced unexplained headaches, confusion, memory issues, or anxiety?

Could You Have Lupus?

You got: Your responses indicate you may have lupus.

I got Your responses indicate you may have lupus.. Could You Have Lupus?
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You report a significant number of signs and symptoms associated with  systemic lupus erythematosus, commonly called lupus -- a chronic, inflammatory, autoimmune disease. The disease can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, lungs, heart, nervous system and other organs of the body. The symptoms you experience depend on which organs are affected.

Lupus affects 10 times more women than men. While lupus can develop at any age, disease onset usually occurs between 18 and 45 years old. You should consult a doctor for a complete evaluation of your symptoms. Your medical history, physical examination, blood tests, and imaging studies will help formulate an accurate diagnosis. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential for managing lupus.

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment.

Could You Have Lupus?

You got: You have reported some symptoms associated with lupus.

I got You have reported some symptoms associated with lupus.. Could You Have Lupus?
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You have reported some signs and symptoms associated with systemic lupus erythematosus, commonly called lupus -- a chronic, inflammatory, autoimmune disease. The disease can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, lungs, heart, nervous system and other organs of the body. The symptoms you experience depend on which organs are affected.

Lupus affects 10 times more women than men. While lupus can develop at any age, disease onset usually occurs between 18 and 45 years old. You should consult a doctor for a complete evaluation of your symptoms. Many lupus symptoms overlap with other rheumatic diseases. Your medical history, physical examination, blood tests, and imaging studies will help formulate an accurate diagnosis. 

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment.

Could You Have Lupus?

You got: You have few to no symptoms associated with lupus.

I got You have few to no symptoms associated with lupus.. Could You Have Lupus?
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Many lupus symptoms overlap with other rheumatic diseases. You have reported few to no symptoms associated with systemic lupus erythematosus (commonly called lupus) -- a chronic, inflammatory, autoimmune disease. Lupus can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, lungs, heart, nervous system and other organs of the body. The symptoms depend on which organs are affected.

Lupus affects 10 times more women than men. While lupus can develop at any age, disease onset usually occurs between 18 and 45 years old. You should consult a doctor for a complete evaluation of any symptoms you are experiencing. Your medical history, physical examination, blood tests, and imaging studies will help formulate an accurate diagnosis, as well as rule out certain conditions.

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment.

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