Lupus Specialist Wichita KS

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.

Vivian A Illera
(316) 261-3170
848 N Saint Francis St
Wichita, KS
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Steen Erik Mortensen, MD
(316) 689-9565
3311 E Murdock St
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Odense Univ, Det Laegevidenskabelige, Odense, Denmark
Graduation Year: 1972

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Richard B Lies, MD
(316) 264-1371
3311 E Murdock St
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1968

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Steen E Mortensen
(316) 689-9188
3311 E Murdock St
Wichita, KS
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Timothy S Shaver
(316) 612-4815
2450 N Woodlawn St
Wichita, KS
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Frederick Wolfe, MD
(316) 263-2125
1035 N Emporia St Ste 230
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1966

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Teresa Ann Reynolds, MD
(316) 689-9111
3311 E Murdock St
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1981

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Richard B Lies
(316) 689-9188
3311 E Murdock St
Wichita, KS
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Timothy Scott Shaver, MD
(316) 612-4815
2450 N Woodlawn St
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: Wesley Med Ctr, Wichita, Ks; Via Christi Reg Med Ctr -St J, Wichita, Ks
Group Practice: Pma Crow-Tretbar

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Gregory Jerome Dennis, MD
(316) 832-9861
2517 W Wilson Dr
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1980

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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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