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.

Durga P Goli, MD
2022 Brookwood Medical Ctr Dr
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Kurnool Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Kurnool, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1981

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John Martin Mc Mahon, MD
205-783-3419 x0
106 Waverly Cir
Bessemer, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1940
Hospital
Hospital: Baptist Princeton Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al

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Robert Hill Carter
(205) 933-8101
700 19th St S
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Dyrc Frederick Sibrans, MD
(256) 355-3255
1215 7th St SE Ste 240
Decatur, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1964

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Mary Altz Smith, MD
(205) 877-2551
2022 Brookwood Medical Ctr Dr
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1977

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Karin V Straaton, MD
(205) 838-3090
833 Saint Vincents Dr
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Calgary, Fac Of Med, Calgary, Alb, Canada
Graduation Year: 1978

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Gim Teng
(205) 934-5038
619 19th St S
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Parks Winfield Pratt III, MD
(941) 794-6504
4300 W Main St Ste 102
Dothan, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1987

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David Andrew Mc Lain, MD
(205) 877-2555
2022 Brookwood Medical Ctr Dr
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Brookwood Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Birmingham Rheumatology

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R Macon Phillips Jr, MD
(256) 551-6510
Rheum Assoc N Alabama Ste 600 201 Sivley Rd SE
Huntsville, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Languages
French
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Cullman Reg Med Ctr, Cullman, Al; Crestwood Med Ctr, Huntsville, Al; Huntsville Hosp-West, Huntsville, Al
Group Practice: Rheumatology Associates

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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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