Lupus Specialist Selma AL

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.

Maria Ioana Danila
(205) 934-5038
619 19th St S
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Dr.Joel Abbott
(205) 933-0320
2145 Highland Ave S # 200
Birmingham, AL
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 2000
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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James Thurman Jakes
(334) 284-3105
1421 Narrow Lane Pkwy
Montgomery, AL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Carlos Ganuza Masferrer, MD
(256) 492-1525
1026 Goodyear Ave Ste 100B
Gadsden, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De El Salvador, Fac De Med, San Salvador, El Salvador
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: Riverview Reg Med Ctr, Gadsden, Al
Group Practice: Orthopedic Center

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Edmund Gerard LaCour
(334) 794-1148
1118 Ross Clark Cir
Dothan, AL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Cornelius B Thomas
(205) 591-2758
880 Montclair Rd
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Richard J Misischia, DO
2948 N Hampton Dr
Tuscaloosa, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med, Kirksville Mo 63501
Graduation Year: 1993

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Warren D Blackburn Jr, MD
(205) 934-4212
312 Ridge Rd
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: University Of Alabama Hosp, Birmingham, Al

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Dr.VIJAYANARAYANA JAMPALA
(256) 880-4077
400 Whitesport Drive Southwest #102
Huntsville, AL
Gender
M
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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1.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Dr.Richard Jones
(205) 750-0030
100 Towncenter Blvd # 112
Tuscaloosa, AL
Gender
M
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.8, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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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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