Lupus Specialist Signal Mountain TN

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.

Charles W Sienknecht
(423) 826-0800
1035 Executive Drive
Hixson, TN
Specialty
Rheumatology

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William David Craig
(423) 826-0800
1035 Executive Drive
Hixson, TN
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Joseph Eugene Huffstutter
(423) 826-0800
1035 Executive Drive
Hixson, TN
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Elizabeth Stone Turner, MD
(615) 792-1723
979 E 3rd St Ste B-708
Chattanooga, TN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: E Tn State Univ J H Quillen Coll Of Med, Johnson City Tn 37614
Graduation Year: 1996

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John Steven Mc Dougal, MD
551 Oak St
Chattanooga, TN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1971

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Suzan E House
(423) 826-0800
1035 Executive Drive
Hixson, TN
Specialty
Rheumatology

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John G Paty
(423) 826-0800
1035 Executive Drive
Hixson, TN
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Michael Brit
(423) 778-4396
979 E 3rd St
Chattanooga, TN
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Elizabeth Turner
(423) 778-4396
979 E 3rd St
Chattanooga, TN
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Richard Wayne Brackett, MD
(423) 495-2784
605 Glenwood Dr Ste 100
Chattanooga, TN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: Erlanger Med Ctr, Chattanooga, Tn; Memorial Hospital, Chattanooga, Tn
Group Practice: Arthritis 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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