We found 5 providers with an interest in multiple sclerosis and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum HMO near New Port Richey, FL.

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Dr. Siddharth Hasmukh Shah, MD
Specializes in Neurology
4762 Rowan Road
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Siddharth Shah is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Dr. Shah (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include bell's palsy, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. His professional affiliations include Morton Plant North Bay Hospital and Medical Center of Trinity. He graduated from Goa Medical College and Grant Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Shah completed residency programs at Howard University Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital. Patient ratings for Dr. Shah average 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shah takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Thondikulam Ananthanarayanan Subramanian, MD
Specializes in Neurology
5622 Marine Parkway; Suite 21
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Thondikulam Subramanian's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Subramanian average 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Subramanian's areas of expertise include the following: sleep disorders, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and trigger point injections. He is in-network for 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 St. Louis University (SLU), Dr. Subramanian attended Kilpauk Medical College, Madras Medical College, and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) for medical school. Dr. Subramanian (or staff) speaks Arabic, Tamil, and Hindi. Dr. Subramanian is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville, Oak Hill Hospital, and Morton Plant North Bay Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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Dr. Qin Gu, MD
Specializes in Neurology
5622 Marine Parkway; Suite 21
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Qin Gu practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He graduated from Second Military Medical University. Dr. Gu's training includes a residency program at Westchester Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: sleep apnea, carpal tunnel syndrome, and headache. He has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Gu speaks Chinese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville, Oak Hill Hospital, and Morton Plant North Bay Hospital.

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Dr. David William Malka, MD
Specializes in Neurology
5622 Marine Parkway; Suite 21
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. David Malka sees patients in Brooksville, FL, Hudson, FL, and New Port Richey, FL. His medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Malka (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Malka include trigger point injections, cancer, and pain. He is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville, Oak Hill Hospital, and Morton Plant North Bay Hospital. He graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Malka takes.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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Dr. Indira K Umamaheswaran, MD
Specializes in Neurology
5622 Marine Parkway; Suite 21
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Indira Umamaheswaran is a neurologist in Hudson, FL, Brooksville, FL, and New Port Richey, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Umamaheswaran include sleep disorders, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and trigger point injections. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Umamaheswaran attended medical school at Calicut Medical College. Dr. Umamaheswaran (or staff) is conversant in Tamil, Hindi, and Malayalam. Dr. Umamaheswaran is affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville, Oak Hill Hospital, and Bayfront Health Spring Hill.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that attacks the protective covering of nerves, causing communication issues between the brain and other parts of the body. The cause of MS is unknown, but some factors may raise a person’s risk of developing it. For example, if your parent or sibling has MS, or you have another autoimmune disease like type 1 diabetes, you may be more predisposed to getting MS than others.

Symptoms of MS vary widely from person to person. Common ones are weakness in the arm or leg, lack of balance, stiff muscles, fatigue, dizziness, partial or total vision loss, slurred speech, and issues with bowel and bladder function. While there is no cure for MS, treatments focus on the following:

  • Reducing attacks, which occur when nerves become inflamed (or swollen), causing new symptoms to arise or existing ones to worsen. Drugs like corticosteroids lessen inflammation and may help prevent attacks or limit their occurrence.
  • Slowing the development of the disease. Immunomodulators are medications that alter the body’s immune response. They may minimize nerve damage brought on by MS and thus decrease the rate at which it progresses.
  • Easing symptoms. Physical therapy can help with leg weakness and improve balance. Medicines like muscle relaxants may be prescribed to reduce muscle stiffness.
Living with MS can be a challenge, but due to advancements in medicine over the past few decades, the quality of life of people with MS has increased. Although the average life expectancy of those who have the disease is about five years lower than the rest of the population, this difference seems to be at a gradual but steady decline.

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