We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Premier near Brooksville, FL.

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Specializes in Neurology
17240 Cortez Boulevard
Brooksville, FL
 

Dr. Qin Gu's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Gu include back pain, sciatica, and parkinson's disease. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Second Military Medical University and a graduate of Westchester Medical Center's residency program. He speaks Chinese. Dr. Gu's hospital/clinic affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sports Health, Sleep Apnea, Neck Problems, Sciatica, Spine Problems, Epilepsy, Neurological ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurology
17240 Cortez Boulevard
Brooksville, FL
 

Dr. David Malka's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Malka is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Malka attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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Specializes in Neurology
17240 Cortez Boulevard
Brooksville, FL
 

Dr. Thondikulam Subramanian's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Subramanian honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Kilpauk Medical College and Madras Medical College. He trained at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU) for residency. Dr. Subramanian (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sports Health, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Concussion, Infections, Seizures

Specializes in Neurology
17240 Cortez Boulevard
Brooksville, FL
 

Dr. Indira Umamaheswaran is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She works in New Port Richey, FL, Hudson, FL, and Brooksville, FL. She graduated from Calicut Medical College. Dr. Umamaheswaran's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Dementia, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Seizures

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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.
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