Lupus Specialist Wheeling WV

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.

Robert Lee Vawter, MD
(304) 242-1100
Ste 101 Medical Park Professional Center 3
Wheeling, WV
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Virgen Milagrosa Educ Inst, Inst Of Med Fndn, San Carlos City
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: Ohio Valley Med Ctr, Wheeling, Wv; Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, Wv
Group Practice: Ohio Valley Rheumatology Assoc

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Dr.Robert Vawter
(304) 242-1100
30 Medical Park # 101
Wheeling, WV
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Virgen Milagrosa Educ Inst, Inst Of Med Fndn
Year of Graduation: 1983
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Hospital: Ohio Valley Med Ctr, Wheeling, Wv
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
3.0, out of 5 based on 4, reviews.

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Michael M Rezaian MD
(304) 262-0085
2010 Doctor Oates Dr
Martinsburg, WV
Specialties
Rheumatology

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Mary R Romanic
(304) 263-0811
510 Butler Ave
Martinsburg, WV
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Wassim S Saikali, MD
(304) 252-7331
37 Robin Pl
Beckley, WV
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: American Univ Of Beirut, Fac Of Med, Beirut, Lebanon
Graduation Year: 1988

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Robert L Vawter
(304) 242-1100
30 Medical Park
Wheeling, WV
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Thomas James Romano, MD
(740) 633-2449
205 N 5th St
Martins Ferry, OH
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: Ohio Valley Med Ctr, Wheeling, Wv; Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, Wv

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Thomas W Howard
(304) 344-8311
100 Tracy Way
Charleston, WV
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Dr.MICHAEL Rezaian
(304) 262-0085
2010 Doctor Oates Dr # 104
Martinsburg, WV
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: U Mundial Dominicana (Umd)
Year of Graduation: 1985
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Hospital: City Hospital
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
5.0, out of 5 based on 5, reviews.

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Robert L Vawter
(304) 242-1100
30 Medical Park
Wheeling, WV
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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