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

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

Dr. Antony Sankoorikal specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Sankoorikal is conversant in Malayalam. His areas of expertise include the following: fibromyalgia, lupus, and arthritis. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He attended medical school at Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. He trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. Dr. Sankoorikal has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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 is an adult rheumatology specialist in Palm Harbor, FL. Her areas of expertise include trigger point injections, lupus, and shoulder problems. Dr. Nagibina accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She graduated from Minsk State Medical Institute. She is conversant in Russian. Her professional affiliations include 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). Dr. Schneider has a special interest in multiple sclerosis (MS), neuropathy (nerve dysfunction), and telemedicine. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and a graduate of UMass Memorial Medical Center's residency program. He has received professional recognition including the following: 2004-The Medical Knowledge Competency Award; Department Of Neurology, university Of; and Mass. Medical School.. Dr. Schneider (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Schneider is affiliated with Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital, and LewisGale Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sports Health, Neuropathy, Telemedicine, Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan is a general internist. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She attended medical school at Stanley Medical College. Dr. Ananthakrishnan trained at UPMC Shadyside for residency. She speaks the following foreign languages: Tamil and Malayalam. Dr. Ananthakrishnan 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's specialty is general internal medicine. His training includes a residency program at Conemaugh Health System. These areas are among Dr. Laguna's clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Laguna takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with 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's area of specialization is family medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), cryotherapy, and holter monitoring. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lewis-Serag 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. Dr. Lewis-Serag's education and training includes medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine and residency at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.. In addition to English, she speaks Arabic. Her professional affiliations include 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 practices general internal medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Som is an in-network provider for 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 Maulana Azad Medical College, he performed his residency at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Som (or staff) is conversant in Bengali and Hindi. Dr. Som 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. Percy Renato Bracamonte, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
646 Virginia Street; Suite 601
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Percy Bracamonte is a general internist and geriatrician. His clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bracamonte graduated from Cayetano Heredia University and then he performed his residency at Jersey City Medical Center. Dr. Bracamonte is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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

Dr. Jeffrey Karp practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Clearwater, FL and Safety Harbor, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: migraine, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and sleep apnea. Dr. Karp is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. After completing medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Karp's average patient rating is 3.5 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. Karp honors.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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