Lupus Specialist Minot ND

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.

Dr.ERDAL Diri
(701) 857-7495
400 Burdick Expy E
Minot, ND
Gender
M
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Lynne Schmid Peterson, MD
(701) 323-6140
300 N 7th St
Bismarck, ND
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1990

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Joseph B Sleckman
(701) 364-3300
1702 University Dr S
Fargo, ND
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Joseph Brian Sleckman, MD
(701) 280-3300
192 Prairiewood Dr S
Fargo, ND
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Cath De Louvain, Bruxelles, Belgium
Graduation Year: 1978

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Nowarat SonGsiridej
(701) 530-7000
900 E Broadway Avenue
Bismarck, ND
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Prashant Kaushik
(701) 530-7000
900 E Broadway Ave
Bismarck, ND
Specialty
Rheumatology

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James Henry Lampman, MD
(701) 224-7960
530 Assiniboin Dr
Bismarck, ND
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1974

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Mahfooz Peshimam
(701) 239-3700
2101 Elm St N
Fargo, ND
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Tarek Kteleh
(701) 234-2829
2400 32nd Ave S
Fargo, ND
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Umbreen Hasan
(701) 234-2829
100 4th St S
Fargo, ND
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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