Systemic Lupus

Lupus in San Antonio & Windcrest, TX

What is systemic lupus?

Systemic lupus is a type of autoimmune disease, which means your immune system attacks healthy tissues in your body by mistake. Lupus can affect your joints, skin, brain, kidneys, or other organs and cause unpleasant symptoms that negatively affect your life.

What are the symptoms of systemic lupus?

Common signs and symptoms you might notice with systemic lupus include:

  • Fatigue
  • Chest pain
  • Fever
  • Joint pain and swelling
  • General discomfort
  • Weight loss
  • Hair loss
  • Light sensitivity or dry eyes
  • Mouth sores 
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • A rash

Complications that can develop include digestive problems, heart or lung issues, skin problems, headaches, confusion, kidney damage, and numbness or tingling.

What causes systemic lupus?

The cause of systemic lupus isn’t entirely clear. It might be associated with genetics, your environment, taking certain medications, or hormonal changes. Your risk of developing it increases if you’re a woman, African American, Asian American, or 15-44 years old.

How is systemic lupus diagnosed?

To diagnose systemic lupus or rule out other medical problems, your rheumatologist discusses your medical history and symptoms. They complete a physical exam and might recommend blood tests, urine tests, X-rays, echocardiograms, other imaging tests, or a kidney or skin biopsy. 

How is systemic lupus treated?

Your systemic lupus treatment plan depends on the severity of your condition and symptoms. While there’s no cure for lupus, your rheumatologist works with you to control symptoms. They might recommend:

Specialist referrals

If you have severe lupus that affects your kidneys, lungs, or heart, your rheumatologist might refer you to a highly qualified specialist in your area for targeted treatment. 


Your rheumatologist may recommend taking certain medications to reduce inflammation, skin problems, joint pain, or other unpleasant symptoms you may encounter. Immunosuppressive drugs, corticosteroids, and blood thinners help reduce the risk of complications. 

Prevention measures

Taking certain precautions can lower your risk of experiencing unpleasant side effects or developing complications. Your rheumatologist encourages you to wear sunglasses and sunscreen or protective clothing, get preventive heart care, stay current with vaccinations, eat healthy foods, and avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

Don’t live with fatigue or discomfort associated with systemic lupus when treatments available at Rheumatology Solutions can offer you relief. Call our Windcrest, TX office at (210) 590-9596 or request an appointment online today. We proudly serve residents in San Antonio, TX, so call now!

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