Lupus Specialist Jessup MD

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.

James Richard Bellor Jr, MD
(410) 964-5303
5450 Knoll North Dr
Columbia, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: Howard County General Hospital, Columbia, Md
Group Practice: Patuxent Medical Group

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Norman Stuart Koval, MD
(301) 942-2600
7350 Van Dusen Rd Ste 110
Laurel, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Languages
French, German, Spanish
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1965
Hospital
Hospital: Washington Adventist Hospital, Takoma Park, Md; Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, Md; Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Rockville, Md; Holy Cross Hospital Of Silver, Silver Spring, Md
Group Practice: Arthritis & Rheumatism Associates Pc

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Meera Vedraj Sharma, MD
(570) 961-5808
6620 Corina Ct
Columbia, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Grant Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1966

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Charles Sanford Via, MD
Ellicott City, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1973

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Melissa Lynn Hawkins Holt
(410) 992-7440
4801 Dorsey Hall Dr
Ellicott City, MD
Specialty
Rheumatology

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James R Bellor
(410) 964-6139
5450 Knoll North Dr
Columbia, MD
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Eric Steven Lieberman, MD
7350 Van Dusen Rd
Laurel, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny At Stony Brook Hlth Sci Ctr, Stony Brook Ny 11794
Graduation Year: 1998

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Rajul Desai, MD
(443) 849-3760
6301 Daring Prince Way
Columbia, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll, Baroda Univ, Baroda, Gujarat, India
Graduation Year: 1994

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Thomas John Lang
(410) 992-7440
4801 Dorsey Hall Dr
Ellicott City, MD
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Chaim Bernard Mond, MD
(410) 992-7440
4801 Dorsey Hall Dr Ste 226
Ellicott City, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: A Einstein Coll Of Med Of Yeshiva Univ, Bronx Ny 10461
Graduation Year: 1983

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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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