Sometimes, lupus in flames kidneys leading to permanent damage. This leads to high blood pressure and swelling in the legs. When the kidney is damaged, doctors look for blood cells and protein in the urine. Lupus can also cause kidney failure making dialysis a requirement.
When symptoms of kidney problems are experienced, one should talk to the doctor about it. Some of the symptoms of kidney problems include lower leg or ankle swelling, blood in urine and foamy urine. Lupus patients should always go for a checkup at regular intervals so that blood test can be conducted to ensure that kidneys are working as expected.