Lupus Specialist Waynesboro VA

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.

Ann Katherine Henry, MD
(703) 943-2833
920 Shenandoah Village Dr Ste 121
Waynesboro, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1978

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Dr.Daniel Elbogdadi
(540) 221-7170
57 South Medical Park Drive #105
Fishersville, VA
Gender
M
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Hospital: Augusta Medical Center
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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1.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Lawrence B Schwartz
(804) 828-9690
1250 E Marshall Street
Richmond, VA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Dr.Mary Hagerty
(540) 667-6232
1730 Amherst Street
Winchester, VA
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Rush Med Coll Of Rush Univ
Year of Graduation: 1982
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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Arthur R Dunnington, MD
(757) 481-9157
933 First Colonial Rd Ste 100
Virginia Beach, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1973

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Matthew S Hogenmiller
(540) 221-7170
70 Medical Center Cir
Fishersville, VA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Mary Hagerty, MD
(703) 667-6232
2660 Back Mountain Rd
Winchester, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Rush Med Coll Of Rush Univ, Chicago Il 60612
Graduation Year: 1982

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Walter William Mc Bride, MD
6501 Old Stone Fence Rd
Fairfax Station, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1962

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Maria Chou
(703) 709-9174
1860 Town Center Dr
Reston, VA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Mihail M Moroianu
(804) 288-7901
7702 E Parham Rd
Richmond, VA
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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