We found 5 providers with an interest in multiple sclerosis and who accept BlueOptions near New Port Richey, FL.

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Dr. Qin Gu, MD
Specializes in Neurology
5622 Marine Parkway; Suite 21
New Port Richey, 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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Dr. Siddharth Hasmukh Shah, MD
Specializes in Neurology
4762 Rowan Road
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Siddharth Shah specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in New Port Richey, FL. Dr. Shah's areas of expertise include bell's palsy, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. He obtained his medical school training at Goa Medical College and Grant Medical College and performed his residency at Howard University Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital. Patients gave him an average rating of 1.5 stars out of 5. He 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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All Interests: Dizziness, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Dementia, Sciatica, Neurological Disorders, Memory Loss, ... (Read more)

Dr. Indira Kizhekkemada Umamaheswaran, MD
Specializes in Neurology
5622 Marine Parkway; Suite 21
New Port Richey, 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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All Interests: Dementia, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Seizures

Dr. Thondikulam Ananthanarayanan Subramanian, MD
Specializes in Neurology
5622 Marine Parkway; Suite 21
New Port Richey, 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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All Interests: Sports Health, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Concussion, Infections, Seizures

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