We found 9 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept BlueCare near Palm Harbor, FL.

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Dr. Antony George Sankoorikal, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2655 State Road 580; Suite 201
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Antony Sankoorikal is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Sankoorikal speaks Malayalam. Clinical interests for Dr. Sankoorikal include fibromyalgia, lupus, and arthritis. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Sankoorikal's average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Lupus, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Dr. Tatiana Pavlovna Nagibina, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
32615 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 2
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Tatiana Nagibina specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Palm Harbor, FL. She is a graduate of Minsk State Medical Institute. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nagibina include trigger point injections, lupus, and shoulder problems. Dr. Nagibina honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is conversant in Russian. Dr. Nagibina is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Shoulder Problems, Fibromyalgia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jean-Raphael Raphael Schneider, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
3180 Curlew Road; Suite 201
Oldsmar, FL
 

Dr. Jean-Raphael Schneider practices neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among Dr. Schneider's clinical interests: multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuropathy (nerve dysfunction). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. After completing medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, he performed his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Schneider has received professional recognition including the following: 2004-The Medical Knowledge Competency Award; Department Of Neurology, university Of; and Mass. Medical School.. In addition to English, Dr. Schneider (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Winchester Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Schneider's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sports Health, Neuropathy, Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Concussion

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan Iyer, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2626 Tampa Road; Suite 204
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan practices general internal medicine. Dr. Ananthakrishnan accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at Stanley Medical College and residency at UPMC Shadyside. She is conversant in Tamil and Malayalam. She is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Flu Shot, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Anthony Laguna, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1630 Pond View Court
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Laguna is a general internist. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Laguna include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. Dr. Laguna honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. For his residency, Dr. Laguna trained at Conemaugh Health System. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Laguna's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Bone Density Test, Exercise Stress Test, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Shingles, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Maha Serag Lewis-Serag, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
3190 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 203
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Maha Lewis-Serag is a family practitioner. Patient ratings for Dr. Lewis-Serag average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lewis-Serag's areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), holter monitoring, and nutrition counseling. She takes 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 Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center., Dr. Lewis-Serag attended medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. She is conversant in Arabic. She is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Laser Surgery, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ananda Som, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
30522 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 109
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Ananda Som is a general internist. Clinical interests for Dr. Som include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Som takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Som obtained his medical school training at Maulana Azad Medical College and performed his residency at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Som (or staff) is conversant in Bengali and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Michael Karp, MD
Specializes in Neurology
3251 N Mcmullen Booth Road; #302
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Karp's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Karp include migraine, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and sleep apnea. Dr. Karp is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners. He is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Karp honors 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: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Sleep Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Migraine, ... (Read more)

Dr. Percy Renato Bracamonte, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
646 Virginia Street; Suite 601
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Percy Bracamonte practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bracamonte's areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital. 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. He attended medical school at Cayetano Heredia University. Dr. Bracamonte completed his residency training at Jersey City Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, ... (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.
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