Having a nice lean and sculptured boned is the goal or in many cases the dream of many individuals. We often hear people talking about “toning up”, but what does that really mean. If you begin to notice that you have extra “flab” hanging from the back of your arms does this means you need to get to a gym and start working your arms? Most would say yes, but actually the answer is no, although working out and lifting some weights is never a bad idea.

Whether it is the back of your arms or the most popular the abs, working out any particular muscle does not mean you will be able to see that muscle any better at least not until you get rid of the layer of fat that is hiding it. So what does this mean? You can do a hundred sit-ups a day but until you lose weight you will not be able to see your six pack. When you are say working out your abs you are indeed burning calories however they could be coming from the fat around your ankles, you do not get to choose.

So if working out your muscles does not necessarily mean that it is going to stand out and be visible then why weight train? The simple fact is muscle burns more calories than the fat covering those muscles. Therefore if you want to have the overall appearance of being sculptured then you need to get your body burning the calories and the easiest way to get this done is to regularly work your muscles; all your muscles, eat properly, and add in some cardio.

A well rounded workout that includes weight training, will turn your body into a calorie burning machine, strengthen your muscle and preserve the muscle you have which becomes increasing more important as you age. You will have better balance, flexibility, and stronger, healthier bones; again important especially as you age. You can not choose the area of your body that you want to lose weight from and do specific exercises to make it happen, therefore instead of wanting to lose the belly fat choose to work towards an overall leaner, stronger and healthier body.

If your goal is to strengthen your over all body and to lose your excess body fat then you should be doing weight training at least four times a week. This will enable you to work out each muscle group twice a week and still allow your muscles time to rest (two days is best). Remember it is not the working out of the muscle that causes it to strengthen but instead the recovery and rebuilding after the fact. A weight training plan may look like this:

Day 1: Chest, shoulders, triceps, quads, upper abs, obliques

Day 2: Back, biceps, hamstrings, glutes, lower abs

Day 3: No weight training

Day 4: Chest, shoulders, triceps, quads, upper abs, obliques

Day 5: Back, biceps, hamstrings, glutes, lower abs

Day 6: No weight training

Day 7: No weight training

The days you choose and the order in which you do the activities is entirely up to you, however it is recommended that you group upper body together for one workout and then lower body for another workout.

29 thoughts on “Does Lupus Cause Weight Gain

    1. lily

      Is it from using corticosteroids? If that’s the reason, it’s water weight. You could take diuretics, with your doctor’s consent. Other than that, I don’t know any other way to eliminate the weight, but it will go away once you stop the meds.

      If it’s weight gain from lupus, I don’t know anything to help, sorry.

  1. honey brown sugar

    has anyone with “lupus sle” managed to lose all the weight that the disease and the medication make you gain?
    i have been fighting this disease for 8yrs now, and the effects are horrible. plastic surgery is out of the question because no doctor will perform it because i am such a high risk. all i want to do is fit back into my clothes and also to be able to recognize my own reflection in the mirror. it is not beacuse of vanity that i want to lose the weight, i just want to be myself again. i have tried almost everything and nothing is working. i can’t drink lots of water because the disease destroyed my kidneys, and i can’t run because the medication made my bones so fragile, and i get overheated in a matter of a few seconds and my heart starts to race because the disease also attacked my heart. the prednisone that i have to take because my disease is so aggresive is what is really causing all the weight gain. i would appreciate any advice. i am 29yrs old and a female, (if that makes any difference). thank you

    1. Micki 48

      Having had to take Prednisone for an autoimmune disorder, I do feel for what you’re going through. . Because the pred raised my blood sugar, I had to be on a very strict diet, so I didn’t gain much weight. If you have the moon face that comes with using pred, then it won’t go away until you get off of it. I think that’s the thing that bothered me the most, and there’s just nothing you can do about that. Prednisone has awful side effects, but I had to take it. I wish I had better advice to give you. I don’t know what dosage you have to take, but hopefully at some point you can get on a lower dose, and that might help. Good luck.

  2. Stephanie McConnell

    Can birth Control trigger the symptoms of lupus?
    I am taking Birth Control and wondered if it could cause symptoms of lupus, such as fatigue, weight gain, night sweats, muscle pains, hair loss. I am 20 yrs old and i weigh 127 and am 5’8. and lupus runs in my family. i went to the doctor and they did test results i find them out thursday, but thought i asked.

    1. mandyj67

      Yes it can honey, sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings. Recently completed studies have shown women who are on birth control injections or pills (especially the higher dosage ones) have been found to have a higher incidence of Lupis, especially if it runs in the family* Since Lupis does run in your family, I would suggest that you seriously rethink your birth control method.

  3. Stealth_1

    Does anyone know if using Aldara cream will cause elevated antinuclear antibodies?
    I went to the doctor due to several symptoms I’m having…anyway, when my blood tests came back my antinuclear antibodies were high. My doctor is now testing me for autoimmune issues…lupus, etc. I researched possible causes of high antinuclear antibodies and I just don’t seem to have the symptoms of any of those possibilities really. It just dawned on me tonight that I forgot to mention to my doctor that my dermatologist had prescribed Aldara for me for a wart on my finger (it’s a bigger wart that I’ve had frozen THREE times–the last time he froze it and gave me the cream). I know that Aldara causes your body to view the wart as a foreign and attack it. My fiance was actually the one who mentioned this as a possibility tonight. I just didn’t think about it. Do you think this medicine would cause the high antinuclear levels? If so, then I still have SOMETHING wrong because I have fatigue, weight gain, salt/sweet cravings, muscle weakness, numbness/tingling in my hands/fingers and things like that. I was thinking B12 deficiency but I just don’t know. Thanks very much!

    1. mgunnycappo

      No this would not cause an elevated ANA. Approximately 5% of the population have a positive ANA without having an auto immune disease. You could be one of those people or it could be that you have an auto immune disease whose symptoms haven’t shown up yet. I would continue to monitor this and have your doctor run more tests. Good Luck to you!

  4. RoseMary C

    I am a Catholic with a son-in-law that has a SEVERE gluten allergy.

    He does not take the host, but where communion is offered with both the wafer & the wine—- he takes only the wine. In our Parrish there is a special line for WINE ONLY so that the wine is not contaminated but those that do take the wafer—–YOU WOULD BE TOTALLY SURPRISED THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE GLUTEN ALLERGIES.

    That way he partakes of the communion and does not endanger his health.

    If you know of people in your Parish that have wheat allergies—bring up the wine only line to your parrish priest.

  5. Lisa

    Aspartame cannot cause Lyme disease, but Lyme disease can cause fibromyalgia.

    I agree with you, aspartame is very nasty stuff. It should never have been approved for human consumption.


    I had a situation like that. My dog had been on Dexamethazone for years and developed luxating patellas. He needed surgery. There really was no other option for him. We had to taper down the dose and hope for the best. Thankfully, it went well and he recovered well. A friend’s dog did not fair so well. The repair to her dogs ACL did not hold. BUT, she put the dog on Cosequin, following Adequan injections and took weight off the dog, and kept him quite lean. He lived quite a good life for another 5 years. He had been on Pred also.
    Sometimes, those medical measures work wonders. Your dog is not a big breed, so if you can get some of the weight off and get her some exercise, like swimming, or easy walking on the soft ground, there may be hope without the surgery.
    Sometimes a heavy wrap of cotton padding followed with a wrap of Ace bandage, make a good enough support to keep the dog comfortable.

  7. j

    what to do about mom and sister?
    i am 35 years old,mom of 2.i was just diagnosed with systemic lupus.i have to take high doses of steroids so that my immune system does not attack my organs and kill me.the steroids cause significant weight gain.my mom and sister have used this to their advantage to bully me horribly.they call me a fat piece of sh**,chubby and say that if i am so fat and chubby then i must have munchausens syndrome,where you make up being sick for attention.when i asked my mom and sis to please just leave me be my mom said “oh,just bite me” and my sister said the only illness i have is mental.my mom then called my utility companies and had my phone,gas and electric shut off to “show me a lesson” and to show me that everyone has a cross to bear.she pretended she was me on the phone, and now i cant get my utilities back on without going to the companies and showing my id. i am too sick from the lupus to leave the house. i have hemolytic anemia and am too weak to leave.i have arthritis in my feet,ledgs and hands and can not drive.now my mom and sister are threatening to come to my home and drag me to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation cause they think i am harming my kids by lying about having lupus.i am at my wits end,any ideas?

    1. Susan

      I am very sorry for what you are going through…I know family is important but in your current health state it might be best to cut your mom and sister off…The way they are treating you is not going to help improve the way you are feeling; it is only going to make it worse…If you have already explained to them that this really bothers you and they don’t change, then they obviously don’t have any respect for you…I hate to be so blunt but you don’t deserve this…You need to only worry about your health and your children…

  8. new_queen_cole

    how do I keep gaining weight like this? I never used to!! 10 points!?
    I am now 22 and I don’t eat or act any different physically than I ever have. I can even remember a year ago posting a question criticizing overweight people, saying I just eat whatever and I don’t gain weight, so they must be doing something to be overweight. But whereas my weight used to remain steady no matter what I ate, it now seems like I keep slowly gaining weight even though I do excercize every day. For instance I recall in May I weighed 145 and now I weigh 160. Likewise I eat normal food like cereal or oatmeal for breakfast and fish for dinner, and I just eat a normal amount, not a lot. I just have to eat what I can afford to get. So I really don’t understand why now all of a sudden I am gaining weight like this, even though I eat normally and excercize regularily. I do have lupus, but I don’t know if this would explain it, because this never used to happen. So what could be causing it and is there a safe way to stop it or lose weight? 10 points! thnks.

    1. Jonathan T

      If you exercise regularly, like every day..it could be that your gaining muscle mass. Muscle weighs a lot. It could also be that your metabolism is slowing down..or your just eating more than you think.

      The best thing to do is to eat 5 small 300-400 calories meals a day every 3 to 4 hours to keep your metabolism running fast. Drink ICE cold water because your body uses energy to heat it and don’t exercise the same muscle 2 days in a row. If you work out the upper body then do the lower body the next day.

      And if all your doing is running, try something else or run longer and faster because your body does get used to the same thing after a while.

  9. Kimberly

    How do I know if I have lupus?
    My aunt has lupus and my grandmother died from lupus..but I have been feeling so tired. I’ve been getting a lot of bloody noses and I have lost a lot of weight in a short period of time. Last year I gained 100lbs in only a couple months and then I lost 80lbs and gained 60lbs. I’m eating the same but I don’t understand why my weight has been fluctuating. I also have been having weird stomach pains and side pains as well as insomnia, depression, migraines and swollen eyes.. and I have this strange rash on my face that showed up 4 days ago.. its very itchy..just thought it was an allergic reaction to the soap I was using. I know I have to go to a doctor..but should I just go to an emergency room instead cause I’m on vacation and can’t get to my doctor.

  10. HBeerock

    A little help please?
    Now, I just want to start off by saying that I have never really posted a question on here in reference to my health and body image. Usually, I ask questions about my cats. This is new to me, since this means a lot to me.

    Here is the story, before I got pregnant, over three years ago I weighed a little less than 115lbs. I gained over 110lbs with my son, it is embarrassing to type as it is to the responses I may get. I got terribly ill the last few months of my third trimester and ended up having to be induced for medical issues. Now, after he was born I lost absolutely no weight, none what so ever, and my son was a good healthy weight of 10lbs! After he was born, I began to get ill periodically as the months past, and I developed arthritis and doctors eventually diagnosed me with Lupus. Again, very little weight disappeared. I was told not to do any athletic activities, but I told myself to lose the weight, and I was able to lose 20lbs. This was 2 1/2 years ago. A few doctors told me that the only way I could cure my chronic pain was to lose weight. I couldn’t exercises, it was getting me no where. I went to a weight loss clinic and was given phentermine. I was able to get down to 140lbs, but eventually noticing the damage it had caused to my kidneys landed me back at a doctor and I was put on steroids for pain and gained the weight back. I have been exercising and dieting for the past year now, I run daily and eat very healthy, I do p90x and insanity, it was my last resort. Sad to say, but I have lost absolutely no weight. I have asked doctors why, and they keep giving me the same answer- you will in time. I have been tested numerous times for a reason for the “no weight loss”, and nothing ever comes up. I have to stay pretty active since I work with prisoners. However, this is getting a bit too much for me. My husband tries to reassure me by saying it is just skin, but it’s just frustrating. You know how when everyone sees you for the first time since high school and they comment on how big you have gotten, yeah, that’s the feeling.

    My question is, is there any program I can try that is good for this sort of problem, or any medication I can take. I am up for anything, I just want my healthy body back!

    1. Gail

      Wow, you’re a trooper :]
      The only thing I can think of is weight watchers.
      I’m not sure about the “no weight loss thing”. The doctors HAVE to be missing something. Have they tested your thyroid?
      I’m really not sure hun..

  11. Lazy_Lout

    Is there a safe way?
    To get rid of unwanted weight gained from prescription medicine for Lupus? I tried cutting down my meals to control my weight but I couldn’t get any lighter from that. Exercise is out of the question because my doctors prohibit it, unless it’s either biking or swimming. The other stuff would involved impacted routines that may lead to bone problems, of which I may not recover from. I also have osteoporosis and thinning of bones, hence that footnote. It’s the immunosuppressants (Prednisone, Cellcept) that cause the weight gain through liquid/water retention and that’s what I wish to address. Water pills can only do so much. Any other ideas? Thanks!

  12. new_queen_cole

    could this be causing me to gain weight? Is this normal?? 10 points!!?
    I am 22 and at the end of May I was diagnosed with lupus and also started taking Lexapro for anxiety attacks (prior to that I did not have any medicine for it). And before I took the medicine I ate normally and weighed 140 at 5’7 and never really seemed to gain much weight except for an occasional up/down fluctuation. But then in September I noticed I weighed 160! Which means I gained 20 lbs in only like 4 months, when I was not eating any differently or doing anything different than I had been! And I am not pregnant and nothing has changed since May except that I have been taking that Lexapro. So could the medicine alone really have caused such a change in my weight? Because how could I gain 20 lbs that fast when previously I never gained weight give or take a few lbs?

  13. kina6213

    i have a blood diease called lupus.what do i do?
    im 23 years old and i lost 2 kids cause of this.also this dease has called me to loose so much weight.im only 88lbs and i tryed everything to gain weight,i hate going n e where ,nothing fits me not even a zero! i need help!

    1. mallimalar_2000


      Treating Lupus

      Diagnosing and treating lupus are often a team effort between the patient and several types of health care professionals. A person with lupus can go to his or her family doctor or internist, or can visit a rheumatologist. A rheumatologist is a doctor who specializes in rheumatic diseases (arthritis and other inflammatory disorders, often involving the immune system). Clinical immunologists (doctors specializing in immune system disorders) may also treat people with lupus. As treatment progresses, other professionals often help. These may include nurses, psychologists, social workers, nephrologists (doctors who treat kidney disease), hematologists (doctors specializing in blood disorders), dermatologists (doctors who treat skin disease), and neurologists (doctors specializing in disorders of the nervous system).

      The range and effectiveness of treatments for lupus have increased dramatically, giving doctors more choices in how to manage the disease. It is important for the patient to work closely with the doctor and take an active role in managing the disease. Once lupus has been diagnosed, the doctor will develop a treatment plan based on the patient’s age, sex, health, symptoms, and lifestyle. Treatment plans are tailored to the individual’s needs and may change over time. In developing a treatment plan, the doctor has several goals: to prevent flares, to treat them when they do occur, and to minimize organ damage and complications. The doctor and patient should reevaluate the plan regularly to ensure it is as effective as possible.

      NSAIDs: For people with joint or chest pain or fever, drugs that decrease inflammation, called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), are often used. While some NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, are available over the counter, a doctor’s prescription is necessary for others. NSAIDs may be used alone or in combination with other types of drugs to control pain, swelling, and fever. Even though some NSAIDs may be purchased without a prescription, it is important that they be taken under a doctor’s direction. Common side effects of NSAIDs can include stomach upset, heartburn, diarrhea, and fluid retention. Some people with lupus also develop liver, kidney, or even neurological complications, making it especially important to stay in close contact with the doctor while taking these medications.

      Antimalarials: Antimalarials are another type of drug commonly used to treat lupus. These drugs were originally used to treat malaria, but doctors have found that they also are useful for lupus. A common antimalarial used to treat lupus is hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil)*. It may be used alone or in combination with other drugs and generally is used to treat fatigue, joint pain, skin rashes, and inflammation of the lungs. Clinical studies have found that continuous treatment with antimalarials may prevent flares from recurring. Side effects of anti-malarials can include stomach upset and, extremely rarely, damage to the retina of the eye.

      * Brand names included in this publication are provided as examples only, and their inclusion does not mean that these products are endorsed by the National Institutes of Health or any other Government agency. Also, if a particular brand name is not mentioned, this does not mean or imply that the product is unsatisfactory.

      Corticosteroids: The mainstay of lupus treatment involves the use of corticosteroid hormones, such as prednisone (Deltasone), hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone (Medrol), and dexamethasone (Decadron, Hexadrol). Corticosteroids are related to cortisol, which is a natural anti-inflammatory hormone. They work by rapidly suppressing inflammation. Corticosteroids can be given by mouth, in creams applied to the skin, or by injection. Because they are potent drugs, the doctor will seek the lowest dose with the greatest benefit. Short-term side effects of corticosteroids include swelling, increased appetite, and weight gain. These side effects generally stop when the drug is stopped. It is dangerous to stop taking corticosteroids suddenly, so it is very important that the doctor and patient work together in changing the corticosteroid dose. Sometimes doctors give very large amounts of corticosteroid by vein over a brief period of time (days) (“bolus” or “pulse” therapy). With this treatment, the typical side effects are less likely and slow withdrawal is unnecessary.

      Long-term side effects of corticosteroids can include stretch marks on the skin, weakened or damaged bones (osteoporosis and osteonecrosis), high blood pressure, damage to the arteries, high blood sugar (diabetes), infections, and cataracts. Typically, the higher the dose and the longer they are taken, the greater the risk and severity of side effects. Researchers are working to develop ways to limit or offset the use of corticosteroids. For example, corticosteroids may be used in combination with other, less potent drugs, or the doctor may try to slowly decrease the dose once the disease is under control. People with lupus who are using corticosteroids should talk to their doctors about taking supplemental calcium and vitamin D or other drugs to reduce the risk of osteoporosis (weakened, fragile bones).

      Immunosuppressives: For some patients whose kidneys or central nervous systems are affected by lupus, a type of drug called an immunosuppressive may be used. Immunosuppressives, such as cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) and mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept), restrain the overactive immune system by blocking the production of immune cells. These drugs may be given by mouth or by infusion (dripping the drug into the vein through a small tube). Side effects may include nausea, vomiting, hair loss, bladder problems, decreased fertility, and increased risk of cancer and infection. The risk for side effects increases with the length of treatment. As with other treatments for lupus, there is a risk of relapse after the immunosuppressives have been stopped.

      Other Therapies: In some patients, methotrexate (Folex, Mexate, Rheumatrex), a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug, may be used to help control the disease. Working closely with the doctor helps ensure that treatments for lupus are as successful as possible. Because some treatments may cause harmful side effects, it is important to report any new symptoms to the doctor promptly. It is also important not to stop or change treatments without talking to the doctor first.

      Alternative and Complementary Therapies: Because of the nature and cost of the medications used to treat lupus and the potential for serious side effects, many patients seek other ways of treating the disease. Some alternative approaches people have tried include special diets, nutritional supplements, fish oils, ointments and creams, chiropractic treatment, and homeopathy. Although these methods may not be harmful in and of themselves, and may be associated with symptomatic or psychosocial benefit, no research to date shows that they affect the disease process or prevent organ damage. Some alternative or complementary approaches may help the patient cope or reduce some of the stress associated with living with a chronic illness. If the doctor feels the approach has value and will not be harmful, it can be incorporated into the patient’s treatment plan. However, it is important not to neglect regular health care or treatment of serious symptoms. An open dialogue between the patient and physician about the relative values of complementary and alternative therapies allows the patient to make an informed choice about treatment options.

  14. valentinnaabby

    My mom has lupus, and its destroying me?
    My mom was diagnosed with lupus when i was born (17 years ago) she has been on and off with remission.
    Lupus is an auto-immune disease, and she cannot fight off diseases like we can.
    She used to be very attractive, but the chemo and steriods that they put her on have caused her to gain alot of weight, and she is extremely self-concious, so now, not only do i have to take care of her physcially, but she is always having mood swings and becoming depressed severely.
    Also, she just found out that she ALSO has rhemutoid arthritis, which is also causing her severe joint-swelling and pain.
    She has been on disability leave from work, and i have been taking up jobs to try and help support us, but between her, work, and school i feel like i never have time for myself anymore.
    Also, since we are always together, she tends to take out her depression and anger towards me, screaming at me, and i feel we are drifting apart, even though i feel she’s always been there for me and my best friend since i was little, and sometimes i feel like screaming right back, but i am so terrified about her health.
    my father(divorced) also refuses to help us out.

    1. cristy727

      i’ve had lupus since i was 6 yrs. old so i really understand what your mother is going through. i went through the chemo, hair loss, rashes, high dose prednisone and everything..i also had rhemutoid athritis. i am now 18 and for a while i was doing really well. now i have a disease called ttp which was onset by lupus. i went through the mood swings with my mother and everything..the only thing i can tell you about that is just to be patient with her. the prednisone can cause major mood swings..especially when you’re on a high dose of it.

      i feel good now..i feel strong and healthy even with ttp..i now have a head full of long hair,clear skin, and i no longer have rheumatoid arthritis…but yea i understand and i will be praying for you and your mother that things get better in time!

  15. Karen Smith

    Too much pregnancy weight gain…advice?
    Before I was pregnant I weighed 110 pounds at 5’9″. Now I’m 30 weeks pregnant and I weigh 152 pounds. At my last OBGYN prenatal visit, my midwife told me I was gaining too much weight and that I had to stop eating carbs completely, or “if you really HAVE to have them, make sure it’s in the morning”. I told her I mostly eat fruits and veggies but she told me that those have carbs too. I’m really upset about this and she made me feel really bad about it and I’m terrified about gaining more weight by my next visit. I realized after I left that I was gaining so much weight due to the levalbuterol inhaler that I had recently been put on which has steroids in it. It has always caused me to gain at least 10 pounds in the past. Should I really stop eating carbs or what? What can I do so I don’t weigh more at my next prenatal visit? Is she being unreasonable?
    Also, I have lupus which makes exercise pretty difficult for me, especially because the pregnancy is taking a serious toll on my back and other joints.
    As I said, exercise is pretty difficult for me. Also, I’m not taking steriods for the fun of it. I have asthma and it’s been very bad lately, and my OBGYN knows I’m taking the steriod inhaler and says it’s OKAY.

    1. Two boys are a joy!

      You were underweight to being with so you should have gained more weight. And you should NOT cut out carbs unless you have something like diabetes. Fruits and veggies are good for you and your body needs carbs. It’s not like you’re eating loaves of bread. Ignore it.

  16. Kismet27

    Is weight loss with lupus possible?
    I am a thirty year old mother of one. I was diagnosed with lupus when I was 14. I have gained nearly 100 pounds since! I have tried so many times to lose weight but I always get stopped with a lupus flare. It seems that whenever I change my diet even when I change to healthy foods and enough calories I get sick. I especially have a hard time with exercise. I feel great while doing it but try hard not to do too much. Its really difficult to be overweight and not push myself during workouts. Every program I have ever gone on no matter how gentle causes a flare. A bad bad flare! I am now finally on meds that are suppose to help control the disease and stop the flares. Im worried though I hate going great for two weeks losing ten pounds and getting sick and gaining back 15. I know if I lose weight my symptoms will improve but how do I survive the process? I watch biggest loser and think one of those workouts would land me in the ER!!! I feel three times my age and never have any energy. Can someone offer some kind of advice?

  17. just a daydream away

    Could stretch marks be a symptom of something?
    This probably sounds stupid, but I just want a clarification.
    Three years ago, I got sick and started gaining a lot of weight (which is the probable cause of the stretch marks), but I have a lot of them, and they’re dark… I’m fifteen. I have a lupus-like autoimmune disease, idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura (ITP), and cutaneous lupus. I don’t know if any of those would cause increasing stretch marks.. Do any autoimmune diseases cause things like this, or any other disease for that matter?
    Thanks for obviously pointing out the fact that I’m fat.
    Next time read the details of my question and answer according to what it says. You missed some pretty important details. Okay thanks.

    1. Linda R

      Cutaneous lupus may make you more likely to develop stretch marks but it does not cause them. If you were on steroids, that could also have increased the likelihood of developing stretch marks.

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