Finding Providers

We found 3 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near Castro Valley, CA.

Dr. Vishal D Ghevariya, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
19845 Lake Chabot Road; Suite 104
Castro Valley, CA

Dr. Vishal Ghevariya specializes in adult gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ghevariya honors. Dr. Ghevariya attended the University of Mumbai, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at The Brooklyn Hospital Center for residency. Dr. Ghevariya (or staff) is conversant in Chinese and Russian. He also offers language support for Gujarati, Hindi, and Spanish-speaking patients. He is affiliated with St. Rose Hospital and Eden Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Sedation, Interventional Endoscopy, Gallstones, Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Upper ... (Read more)

Dr. Barry Steven Mann, MD
Specializes in Neurology
20055 Lake Chabot Road; Suite 250
Castro Valley, CA

Dr. Barry Mann is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In his practice, Dr. Mann focuses on neurological disorders. Patient ratings for Dr. Mann average 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). Dr. Mann is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Eden Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Neuromuscular Disorders, Migraine, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nehal V Ghevariya, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
13847 E 14th Street; Suite 115
San Leandro, CA

Dr. Nehal Ghevariya specializes in general internal medicine. After attending Saurashtra University for medical school, she completed her residency training at The Brooklyn Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. In her practice, she is particularly interested in general care. Dr. Ghevariya honors Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. She offers language support for Fijian, Gujarati, and Samoan-speaking patients. She is affiliated with Eden Medical Center. Dr. Ghevariya welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Menopause, Thyroid Problems, Cancer Screening, Hepatitis, Metabolic Syndrome, Low Testosterone, ... (Read more)

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What is an Autoimmune Disorder?

An autoimmune disorder happens when the immune system mistakenly attacks the tissues of its own body, causing symptoms of illness. There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune disorders. While some are very rare, others are fairly common. Combined, autoimmune disorders are one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, affecting approximately 24 million people.

A properly working immune system identifies foreign substances in the body that might cause illness, such as bacteria and viruses. The immune system then creates antibodies which attack the foreign substances, neutralizing them and keeping the body safe. In people with autoimmune disorders, something goes wrong with this process. For reasons we don’t understand very well, the immune system creates antibodies to attack the patient’s own tissues.

Symptoms of an autoimmune disorder depend on which tissue is being attacked by the immune system, but common symptoms of autoimmune disease include fever, fatigue, and a general feeling of just not being well. Autoimmune disorders are more common in women than in men, and they may run in families. Autoimmune disorders can affect various parts of the body such as blood vessels, connective tissue, endocrine glands, joints, muscles, red blood cells, skin, and many others.

It is common to have more than one autoimmune disorder at a time. Most are chronic, or life-long illnesses, although they may come and go in flares. Treatment for autoimmune disorders depends on which part of the body is being attacked. For example:
  • A type 1 diabetic whose pancreas has been damaged will need insulin.
  • A person with Hashimoto’s whose thyroid has been damaged will need replacement thyroid hormones.
  • Someone with Sjogren’s syndrome will need eye drops and mouth rinses to replace tears and saliva.
Many autoimmune disorders of all kinds are treated with immune-suppressing medications, such as corticosteroids (e.g. prednisone) to reduce the effect of the immune system.