Living well with lupus

How does a person with lupus know when to call the doctor?

It is very important to inform your doctor of any new symptoms you experience, as these could be related to a flare, a medication side effect, or a new complication. You should call the doctor about any change in or worsening of symptoms as soon as possible. For example, if the doctor has put you on a new medication and you’ve been taking it as prescribed, and your symptoms are not getting better or have changed or gotten worse, you need to let the doctor know.

You should also be aware of symptoms that require that you see  a doctor immediately. These include the following:

  • severe abdominal pain
  • chest pain or shortness of breath
  • seizures
  • new onset of a fever or if your fever is much higher than usual
  • excess bruising or bleeding anywhere on your body
  • confusion or mood changes
  • a combination of symptoms such as severe headache with neck stiffness and fever

 

Medically reviewed on July 20, 2013