Dizziness is not considered one of the main symptoms of lupus, but it does commonly occur. Therefore, if you know that you are at a high risk of developing lupus and dizziness is experienced often, you may want to visit your doctor so that you can be tested. Common risk factors for lupus include:
Gender: Lupus is more common among females.
Age: You can develop lupus at any age, but most people are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40.
Race: Lupus is most common among African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians.
Family History: Your odds are dramatically increased if you have a family member with the disease.
Pregnancy: Lupus symptoms tend to show up for the first time during or after a pregnancy.
There is no one test which determines whether a person has lupus, and the symptoms can mimic those of other conditions. So, it is not likely that lupus will be the first condition that you are tested for. However, if you suspect that it is lupus, you will want to talk to your doctor about it. You will also want to tell your doctor if you have any other symptoms of the disease, such as:
- A butterfly-shaped rash – This rash is one of the most obvious signs of lupus. It forms across the bridge of the nose and cheeks.
- A disk-shaped rash – these are normally scaly and form on the face, neck, or chest.
- Skin ulcers – these usually form on the tongue, inside the mouth, or in the nose.
- Arthritis – joint pain, stiffness, and swelling are common in lupus.
- Brain or spinal cord problems – headaches, seizures, confusion, or mental problems are also signs you may have lupus. This may also include dizziness and lupus fatigue.
Lupus and dizziness symptoms usually indicate that there is a problem with the cranial nerves. The symptoms could be due to various conditions other than lupus as well. If damage to the nerves seems to be the cause of the dizziness, your doctor may perform a nerve conduction test. This can help to determine if your symptoms are due to a cause other than nerve damage.
If your lupus and dizziness symptoms are found to be cause by nervous system damage, there are a variety of different treatment options available. For some the response to treatment is dramatic. For others improvement occurs gradually, over a period of several months. However, for most people who have lupus and dizziness problems due to nervous system involvement, the condition is typically reversible. According to Lupus.org, upon recognition of this type of problem, your doctor may offer the following treatment options:
- Blood thinners