We found 6 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare All Copay near Hudson, FL.

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Dr. Adam Jacob Grunbaum, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
11528 Us Highway 19
Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Adam Grunbaum is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Largo Medical Center. Dr. Grunbaum's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is affiliated with Bayfront Health Spring Hill.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Bursitis, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Lupus, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Wegener's Granulomatosis

Dr. Adam Scott Greenfield, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10806 Us Highway; 19 Ste 102a; Port
Richey, FL
 

Dr. Adam Greenfield's specialty is family medicine. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Greenfield's clinical interests include alcohol abuse, nutrition counseling, and hepatitis. He is affiliated with Family Medical Center. Dr. Greenfield takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at the University Community Hospital, Tampa for his residency. Dr. Greenfield is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Cryosurgery, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Qin Gu, MD
Specializes in Neurology
7539 Medical Drive
Hudson, FL
 

Dr. Qin Gu works as a neurologist in Hudson, FL, New Port Richey, FL, and Brooksville, FL. These areas are among Dr. Gu's clinical interests: back pain, sciatica, and parkinson's disease. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Second Military Medical University, he performed his residency at Westchester Medical Center. He is conversant in Chinese. His 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)

Dr. David William Malka, MD
Specializes in Neurology
7539 Medical Drive
Hudson, FL
 

Dr. David Malka's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Malka's hospital/clinic affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill. He attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sports Health, Spine Problems, Attention Deficit Disorder, Epilepsy, Metabolic Disorders, Multiple ... (Read more)

Dr. Thondikulam Ananthanarayanan Subramanian, MD
Specializes in Neurology
7539 Medical Drive
Hudson, FL
 

Dr. Thondikulam Subramanian sees patients in Hudson, FL, New Port Richey, FL, and Land O'Lakes, FL. His medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Subramanian is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended Kilpauk Medical College and Madras Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU) for residency. Dr. Subramanian (or staff) speaks Arabic and Hindi. His 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, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Concussion, Infections, Seizures

Dr. Indira Kizhekkemada Umamaheswaran, MD
Specializes in Neurology
7539 Medical Drive
Hudson, FL
 

Dr. Indira Umamaheswaran specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in New Port Richey, FL, Hudson, FL, and Brooksville, FL. Dr. Umamaheswaran's professional affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill. She 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. After completing medical school at Calicut Medical College, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF).

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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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