Lupus Specialist Midlothian VA

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.

Edgar Forrest Jessee Jr, MD
(804) 323-1401
1401 Johnston Willis Dr
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1975

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Edgar Forrest Jessee
(804) 323-1401
1401 Johnston Willis Dr
Richmond, VA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Peter J Coutlakis
(804) 323-1401
1401 Johnston Willis Dr
Richmond, VA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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James P Brodeur
(804) 323-1401
1401 Johnston Willis Dr
Richmond, VA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Bernard Francis Wittkamp, MD
(804) 272-7431
8710 Choctaw Rd
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1956

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Peter James Coutlakis, MD
(804) 323-1401
1401 Johnston Willis Dr
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1994

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Andra G Showalter
(804) 323-1401
1401 Johnston Willis Dr
Richmond, VA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Carlton Edwin Miller, MD
(804) 732-0301
PO Box 1420
Chesterfield, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Eastern Va Med Sch Of The Med Coll Of Hampton Roads, Norfolk Va 23501
Graduation Year: 1983

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James C Sutherland
(804) 323-1401
1401 Johnston Willis Dr
Richmond, VA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Lenore Margaret Buckley, MD
9000 Stony Point Pkwy
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1977

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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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