About Vasculitis


managing painThe symptoms caused by vasculitis will depend on the organs involved. However, some general symptoms include: tiredness, weakness, loss of appetite, weight loss, and fever. Unfortunately many of these symptoms apply to other diseases which make it difficult to diagnose vasculitis.

Some symptoms encountered, specific to various systems are:

  • Respiratory system - breathlessness, wheeze, dry cough or coughing up blood
  • ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) - hearing problems (deafness and or noises in the ear), nasal crusting, nose bleeds, sinus pain (which may be felt as headaches or pain in the face) or hoarse voice
  • Skin - rashes, ulcers, and necrosis (death of tissue)
  • Eyes - red (blood shot) eyes, painful, dry or gritty eyes, visual loss or other changes in vision
  • Joints - arthralgias (pain in joints), and joint swelling
  • Nervous system - loss of sensation, weakness, unusual painful symptoms in the hands and feet (hotness, pins and needles or "electric shocks") and rarely paralysis or stroke
  • Gastrointestinal system - diarrhoea, bleeding and abdominal pain
  • Kidneys/Renal - initially no symptoms. However urine dipstick tests will indicate problems with minute amounts of blood or protein in the urine. Occasionally blood may be seen in the urine (red or brown urine) or the amount of urine produced may suddenly reduce or stop altogether.
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Bio Behçet’s Trial

08 Mar 2018

New trial announced

RAIRDA - Launch New Report on Rare Disease Day

08 Mar 2018

New report for Rare Disease Day

Vasculitis UK AGM

07 Mar 2018

A date for your diary


North West Support Group Meeting

17 Mar 2018

Joing the Northwest Support Group for a coffee

Canal Canter for VUK

24 Mar 2018

10k run for VUK

Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales Support Meeting

27 Mar 2018

Lunchtime meeting in Liverpool

Coffee and Chat in Lincoln

07 Apr 2018

Meeting of Lincoln Vasculitis Support Group

Three Lochs Way

07 Apr 2018

34 Mile challenge for VUK

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