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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Dorothy Mary Nicholson
(703) 751-8804
101 S Whiting St
Alexandria, VA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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H Alexander Wilson III, MD
(757) 595-4300
704 Thimble Shoals Blvd
Newport News, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1974

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Jennifer Odutola, MD
(215) 456-7890
43779 Ballybunion Ter
Leesburg, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Lagos, Coll Of Med, Lagos, Nigeria
Graduation Year: 1995

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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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Dr.Leila H. Zackrison
(703) 359-9300
11166 Fairfax Blvd # 405
Fairfax, VA
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1988
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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4.0, out of 5 based on 25, reviews.

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Wael N Jarjour, MD
(434) 924-5214
PO Box 800412
Charlottesville, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus,
Graduation Year: 1982

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Emerson D Farley, MD
(434) 842-6360
PO Box 487
Fork Union, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburg
Graduation Year: 1964

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H C Alexander, MD
(434) 974-1844
3474 Bleak House Rd
Earlysville, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1959

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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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