Lupus Specialist Florissant MO

While Loren still sees her medical doctor regularly and takes a corticosteroid to control her joint pain, twice-monthly massages have helped increase the range of motion in her joints and decrease pain.

Teresa Jean Oglesby, MD
(314) 362-6978
231 Behlmann Meadows Way
Florissant, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
Graduation Year: 1980

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David Stanley Rosenberg, MD
(314) 921-4420
1120 Shackelford Rd
Florissant, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: Christian Hosp Northeast, Saint Louis, Mo
Group Practice: North County Medicine

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Francisco Javier Garriga, MD
(314) 921-4420
1120 Shackelford Rd
Florissant, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Depaul Health Center, Bridgeton, Mo; Christian Hosp Northeast, Saint Louis, Mo
Group Practice: North County Medicine

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Christine T Pham, MD
4932 Forest Park Ave # F
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1985

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Gideon Nesher, MD
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: The Hebrew Univ, Hadassah Med Sch, Jerusalem, Israel
Graduation Year: 1980

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Francisco J Garriga
(314) 921-4420
1120 Shackelford Rd
Florissant, MO
Specialty
Rheumatology

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David S Rosenberg
(314) 921-4420
1120 Shackelford Rd
Florissant, MO
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Richard D Brasington Jr, MD
4488 Forest Park Ave
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1980

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Deborah Lynne Parks, MD
(314) 367-3113
4652 Maryland Ave
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1982

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Ami Narendra Mody, MD
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Topiwala Nat'L Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1996

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Alternative Treatments for Lupus

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By Vanessa Selene Williams

For years, Jesse Loren, a 45-year-old high school teacher who lives near Davis, California, battled severe allergies, kidney problems, and unexplained fatigue. In 2004, she was diagnosed with pityriasis, a skin condition characterized by a pink, scaly rash. It wasn’t until December 2007, when she was suffering from intense joint pain and the same rash that wouldn’t go away, that she was diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease. While the exact cause of lupus is unknown, researchers believe that both genetic and environmental factors, such as antibiotics, extreme stress, and hormones, could play a role.

The Conventional RX: Corticosteroids and anti-malarial drugs, which control joint pain and reduce inflammation. But Loren says these drugs came with extreme side effects for her, including mood swings, depression, facial swelling, and weight gain.

The Alternative RX: Massage. While Loren still sees her medical doctor regularly and takes a corticosteroid to control her joint pain, twice-monthly massages have helped increase the range of motion in her joints and decrease pain. “Regular massage increases circulation,” says Margaret G. Green, CMT, a massage therapist in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. The increased circulation “removes toxins by improving the blood and lymph flow—and this helps control the inflammation associated with lupus.” Massage also helps the body release feel-good endorphins, natural neurotransmitters that interfere with the signals between nerve cells and reduce pain.

The Outcome: Loren is now tapering off of her medication regimen. “Regular massages have lessened my symptoms and also helped me feel more energized,” says Loren. “Even better, I feel more hopeful.”

Author: Vanessa Selene Williams

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