Lupus Specialist Hattiesburg MS

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.

Chris H Benson
(601) 268-5170
104 Millsaps Dr
Hattiesburg, MS
Specialty
Rheumatology

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David Ian Weiss
(601) 582-7655
15 Orleans Dr
Hattiesburg, MS
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Beverly W Myers
(601) 268-5786
415 S 28th Ave
Hattiesburg, MS
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Drew M Huffman, DO
(601) 268-5601
415 S 28th Ave
Hattiesburg, MS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1997
Hospital
Hospital: Wesley Med Ctr, Hattiesburg, Ms
Group Practice: Hattiesburg Clinic

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James B Pennebaker
(601) 268-5786
415 S 28th Ave
Hattiesburg, MS
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Imad Bitar
(601) 268-5170
104 Millsaps Dr
Hattiesburg, MS
Specialty
Rheumatology

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James Bruce Pennebaker, MD
(601) 268-5601
415 S 28th Ave
Hattiesburg, MS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: Wesley Med Ctr, Hattiesburg, Ms
Group Practice: Hattiesburg Clinic

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Chris Harlow Benson, MD
(601) 268-5601
415 S 28th Ave
Hattiesburg, MS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1978

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Beverly Wood Myers, MD
(601) 268-5601
415 S 28th Ave
Hattiesburg, MS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Forrest County Gen Hosp, Hattiesburg, Ms
Group Practice: Hattiesburg Clinic

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Suzanne Sanders
(601) 362-4471
1500 E Woodrow Wilson Ave
Jackson, MS
Specialty
Rheumatology

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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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