Medical professionals are usually hesitant to diagnose a patient with lupus because the symptoms vary from person to person. Usually the diagnosis comes after a lengthy period of monitoring certain symptoms to determine how many remain. Commonly, there is a fluctuation in symptoms, which also plays a role in the difficulty of diagnosing this disease. At times, lupus can progress rapidly and damage major organs. At other times, it can lie dormant for years, or go away completely.
How is Lupus Diagnosed?
Some of the symptoms your doctor will monitor for a period of time in diagnosing lupus are:
•Molar Rash about the face
•Sores in the mouth
• Skin rash (which worsens with sun exposure)
• Discoid Rash or dry, scaly-looking lesions
• Joint pain and/or swelling
• Testing positive for various blood tests, such as low blood count or low blood cell count.
• Kidney Function Analysis or testing for Kidney Disease
• Liver Disease
• Tissue swelling around Heart and Lungs