I have experienced #1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 out of this list. But remember you only need to experience 4 for it to build a strong case for lupus.
I have experienced all 4 of these.
Part of the reason I experienced so many symptoms was that my illness went undiagnosed for a couple years, then I was not treated for months. It's really important to get diagnosed as early as possible. Then once I got to see a doctor, I resisted the idea of going on prednisone for 6-7 months. Finally I got sick enough I realized I had no other option. It isn't necessary to go through all I went through. It wasn't even necessary for me to go through all that.
Now that I've overwhelmed you with all the possible things that could go wrong, let me mention one "symptom" of lupus that is not that common anymore (it used to be, before we had drugs to treat it)Death.
I haven't experienced that one yet (came close, but no). And that's because there are treatments available for lupus. Only 50-60 years ago, lupus was a death sentence. Today, for most people, it is not, as long as you monitor the disease and do what you need to do to stay healthy.
There are 2 ways to go once you get diagnosed, and you can do both at once- regular medicine (lab tests and medications- regular lab testing is important!)
- alternative medicine (dietary changes and healing modalities)
I'll talk about these in another post.
The important thing is, if you are sick, find out what you've got so you can get a plan of action together.
Think you might have lupus? Here's a quiz from the Lupus Foundation of America