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.

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

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Anthony G Di Bartolomeo, MD
(304) 598-6400
Department Of Medicine
Morgantown, WV
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: W V University Hospital -Ruby, Morgantown, Wv
Group Practice: University Health Associates

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

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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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William Brian Dennison, MD
(304) 528-4600
1115 20th St
Huntington, WV
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 1983

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Michael M Rezaian, MD
(724) 284-1264
2010 Oats Drive South
Martinsburg, WV
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: U Mundial Dominicana (Umd), Esc De Med (World Univ) (Closed 1991)
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: Loudoun Hospital Center, Leesburg, Va
Group Practice: Butler Regional Arthritis

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Asim Razzaq, MD
(304) 431-3066
PO Box 5755
Princeton, WV
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Allama Iqbal Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1989

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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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