Lupus Only Affects the Joints
Joint pain is definitely a part of living with lupus, but by far, it’s not the only symptom.
Lupus directly impacts the body’s immune system, unlike other conditions that affect a specific part or parts. In the case of lupus, the immune system is altered to the point of not being able to distinguish harmful viruses or bacteria from the healthy tissue. So autoantibodies are produced that attack the healthy tissue instead of the antibodies that would, otherwise, ward off outside invasions. Thus, many parts of the body are adversely affected.
Furthermore, there are a plethora of other symptoms that require management, which are ulcers, rash, fever, insomnia, edema, and poor circulation.