It’s no secret: lupus causes problems throughout the body. It can even cause hemolytic anemia which impacts red blood cells.
There are various types of anemias, but the symptoms are similar. Anemic people feel fatigued, weak, and like they might pass out.
If those symptoms sound and feel familiar, it’s because they are also common lupus symptoms. Recent research has explored the rate of anemia in people with lupus.
According to the Johns Hopkins Lupus Center, 10% of people with lupus will also have autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA). People with AIHA may experience dizziness, fevers, a yellowed complexion or shortness of breath.
NOTE: Always bring up symptoms and concerns with your doctor and care team. And, if you experience severe shortness of breath, call 911 or your local emergency number