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

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Stewart Edwin Kohler
(540) 373-1330
2301 Fall Hill Ave
Fredericksburg, VA
Specialty
Cardiology, Rheumatology

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Matthew Owen Swartz
(703) 369-7110
9378 Forestwood Ln Ste C
Manassas, VA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Edgar Forrest Jessee Jr, MD
(804) 323-1401
1401 Johnston Willis Dr
Richmond, 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: 1975

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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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Claude Abujrab-Saba
(703) 709-9174
1860 Town Center Dr
Reston, VA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Michael J Strachan
(804) 288-7901
7702 E Parham Rd
Richmond, VA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Neil I Stahl
(703) 425-4435
6035 Burke Centre Parkway
Burke, VA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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John Wesley Melton
(804) 462-5155
36 Lively Oaks Rd.
Lively, 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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