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.

Parks Winfield Pratt
(334) 793-9564
4300 W Main St
Dothan, AL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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

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Thomas C McGee
(251) 435-1200
1700 Springhill Ave
Mobile, AL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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James Mc Quiddy Ready, MD
(256) 236-5631
1010 Christine Ave
Anniston, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
Graduation Year: 1985

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Karin Vivian Straaton
(205) 750-0030
100 Towncenter Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Gene Lee Watterson
(205) 838-3900
52 Medical Park Dr E
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Jesus Hernandez, MD
(334) 260-8021
5749 Arbor Station Rd Apt C
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De Salamanca, Fac De Med, Salamanca, Spain
Graduation Year: 1990

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S Louis Bridges Jr, MD
(205) 934-2130
1530 3rd Ave S
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1984

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Lourdes Carlota Corman, MD
(256) 551-4611
301 Governors Dr SW Rm 389-A
Huntsville, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Pa, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Huntsville Hosp-West, Huntsville, Al
Group Practice: Uab Huntsville Program

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Barri Jean Fessler, MD
(205) 934-2813
2000 6th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Suny At Stony Brook Hlth Sci Ctr, Stony Brook Ny 11794
Graduation Year: 1988

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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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