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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 is an adult rheumatologist in Clearwater, FL. He is conversant in Malayalam. His areas of clinical interest consist of fibromyalgia, lupus, and arthritis. Dr. Sankoorikal is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Sankoorikal attended Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Sankoorikal average 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. Sankoorikal takes.

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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's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Nagibina is conversant in Russian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nagibina include trigger point injections, lupus, and shoulder problems. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Nagibina graduated from Minsk State Medical Institute. She accepts 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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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's specialties are neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In addition to English, Dr. Schneider (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. He has indicated that his clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuropathy (nerve dysfunction). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Winchester Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne. Before completing his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Schneider attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Schneider include: 2004-The Medical Knowledge Competency Award; Department Of Neurology, university Of; and Mass. Medical School.. New patients are welcome to contact his 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 is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is a graduate of Stanley Medical College and a graduate of UPMC Shadyside's residency program. Dr. Ananthakrishnan speaks Tamil and Malayalam. Dr. Ananthakrishnan is professionally 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 an internist. In addition to English, Dr. Laguna speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Laguna completed his residency training at Conemaugh Health System. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors 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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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 practices family medicine in Clearwater, FL. She is conversant in Arabic. These areas are among her clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), cryotherapy, and holter monitoring. Dr. Lewis-Serag's professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Lewis-Serag obtained her medical school training at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine and performed her residency at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.. The average patient rating for Dr. Lewis-Serag is 3.0 stars out of 5. She 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: 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. In addition to English, Dr. Som (or staff) speaks Bengali and Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Som include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. He is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Som attended Maulana Azad Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. The average patient rating for Dr. Som is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors 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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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). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Karp attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Karp's clinical interests: migraine, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and sleep apnea. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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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 specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Bracamonte's clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. He is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Bracamonte is a graduate of Cayetano Heredia University. For his professional training, Dr. Bracamonte completed a residency program at Jersey City Medical Center. He 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.

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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.