Brain symptoms are the least acknowledged and most misunderstood symptoms of lupus. But over 50% of patients experience some sort of brain symptom in the course of their disease.
Neuropsychiatric symptoms happen when lupus affects the brain, spinal cord, or any of the other systems of nerves in the body. The symptoms can show up in many different ways, but what all of the symptoms have in common is that they can influence almost every aspect of a person’s life. Given how prevalent they are and their effects, it’s hard to believe how infrequently doctors consider these symptoms a priority. People with lupus who have neurological symptoms might find themselves disbelieved or, at best, believed but not helped.