Lupus Specialist Milton FL

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.

Michael Kent Vandenberg, MD
(850) 474-8000
Milton, FL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1986

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Dr.Michael Vandenberg
(850) 474-8387
8333 North Davis Highway
Pensacola, FL
Gender
M
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Hospital: Santa Rosa
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 5, reviews.

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John L Luetkemeyer, MD
(850) 453-6580
9400 University Pkwy
Pensacola, FL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1975

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Nancy K Morris
(850) 474-8387
8333 N Davis Hwy
Pensacola, FL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Michael K VanDenberg
(850) 474-8387
8333 N Davis Hwy
Pensacola, FL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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James M Brown
(850) 474-8387
8333 N Davis Hwy
Pensacola, FL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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John Lawrence Luetkemeyer
(850) 433-6580
9400 University Pkwy
Pensacola, FL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Vivian Lorraine Flatt, MD
(850) 432-6293
8333 N Davis Hwy
Pensacola, FL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mc Gill Univ, Fac Of Med, Montreal, Que, Canada
Graduation Year: 1967

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Nancy Morris, MD
(850) 474-8000
8333 N Davis Hwy
Pensacola, FL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1989

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Ruth Wilkins Orth
(850) 434-9992
2441 N 9th Ave
Pensacola, FL
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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