You're extremely fatigued.
Fatigue is one common symptom associated with lupus, but the problem is, it's also commonly associated with many other illnesses, which can sometimes make getting an accurate diagnosis difficult.
You get unexplained headaches.
Headaches can also mean any number of different issues, and when you just get one out of the blue, you likely don't think that it indicates lupus. If you're getting regular headaches, however, it's definitely worth telling your doctor because it could point to the autoimmune condition.
You've gotten strange rashes on your skin.
Your joints hurt, or are red or swollen.
If your and you can't come up with any sort of explanation for what could've happened that would cause it, that might be worth chatting with your doctor about, because it could be a sign of an autoimmune condition, if not lupus, perhaps rheumatoid arthritis.
You have ulcers in your mouth.
You might not think that ulcers in your mouth would have anything to do with lupus or an autoimmune condition, but as it turns out, they could be an early sign that that's what's going on.
Your eyes are pretty dry.
Though dry eyes aren't directly themselves a sign of lupus, they are a sign of Sjogren's Syndrome, which commonly occurs in conjunction with lupus.
You're losing your hair.
"Many systemic lupus patients, about 85%, will also present with a variety of skin and hair manifestations," Stella Bard said. That means that if you're dealing with hair or skin issues that seem like they could be related to lupus, it could definitely be worth exploring further.
You have swelling in soft tissue areas of your body.
If you notice swelling in your body, that too could potentially mean that you have lupus. Dr. Bard said that if you experience swelling in your hands, feet, legs, or around your eyes, in particular, those could be signs of lupus.
Your joints are stiff.
Like joint pain and swelling, joint stiffness can also be a sign of lupus. The Lupus Foundation noted that Lupus arthritis causes pain, stiffness, swelling, tenderness, and warmth in your joints. Compared to rheumatoid arthritis, lupus arthritis is less disabling, however.