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We found 2 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept United Healthcare Gold near Hudson, FL.

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Dr. George S Kardashian, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
7544 Jacque Road
Hudson, FL
 

Dr. George Kardashian is a hand surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Kardashian's areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and hand problems. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare HSA. After attending New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. He is conversant in Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Elbow Pain, Sports Health, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Adam Greenfield's area of specialization is family medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Greenfield's areas of expertise include alcohol abuse, cryotherapy, and nutrition counseling. He is professionally affiliated with Family Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His training includes a residency program at the University Community Hospital, Tampa. Dr. Greenfield has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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