Lupus Nephritis occurs as a consequence of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) attacking kidneys. Most often, patients with this disease experience many systems. Getting an overview of Lupus Nephritis symptoms can help you manage them timely, if you have them.
What are the symptoms of lupus nephritis?
Blood urine, foamy urine, butterfly-shaped rash, fever and fatigue, joint and muscle pain, swelling, etc, are commonly seen in Lupus Nephritis. Today, we will talk about them one by one.
Symptoms are related to SLE
SLE is a systemic disease due to abnormal immune system and the deposits of immune complexes, the combination of antibodies and antigens. Kidney isn’t the only organ that SLE attacks. Skin, lung, heart, blood system, nerve system, etc, are also easy to be involved. Symptoms caused by SLE include:
- Butterfly-shaped rash: About 2%-10% of lupus patients have this symptom. With this symptom, patients should be sun smart.
- Fever and fatigue: Most lupus patients have mild to extreme fatigue and a low-grade fever.
- Joint and muscle pain: It may be the first sign of SLE and often occurs in wrists, small joints of hands, knees, and ankles.
- Nervous system symptoms: Headache, memory problems and difficulty with concentration are common in SLE.
- Heart problems: SLE patients may develop inflammation of heart.
Symptoms to indicate kidney damage
When kidneys are damaged by SLE, patients may experience the following symptoms:
- Blood urine. When there are blood cells in urine, your urine will become red or the color of tea or cola.
- Foamy urine: Your urine becomes foamy if there is protein in urine.
- Swelling: A heavy loss of protein and fluid and sodium retention can cause swelling easily.
- Anemia: When kidneys can’t produce enough EPO, renal anemia occurs accordingly.
- Frequent urination at night: It is another sign of kidney damage and low kidney function.
All of the above symptoms can affect your life quality, and some of them may even threaten your life. In view of this, you should take correct and effective treatment as soon as possible, if you are suffering from one or more Lupus Nephritis symptoms.