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

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

Dr. Antony Sankoorikal is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. His education and training includes medical school at Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Sankoorikal has indicated that his clinical interests include fibromyalgia, lupus, and arthritis. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Malayalam. Dr. Sankoorikal is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nagibina include trigger point injections, lupus, and shoulder problems. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Minsk State Medical Institute. She is conversant in Russian. Dr. Nagibina's 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). Clinical interests for Dr. Schneider include multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuropathy (nerve dysfunction). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schneider takes. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Schneider (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Schneider's professional affiliations include Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital, and LewisGale Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

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

Dr. Joseph Laguna practices general internal medicine in Clearwater, FL and Palm Harbor, FL. In addition to English, Dr. Laguna speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He completed his residency training at Conemaugh Health System. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Laguna 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: Auto Injuries, Bone Density Test, Exercise Stress Test, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Shingles, Skin ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan works as a general internist. She 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. Dr. Ananthakrishnan attended medical school at Stanley Medical College. For her professional training, Dr. Ananthakrishnan completed a residency program at UPMC Shadyside. Dr. Ananthakrishnan is conversant in Tamil and Malayalam. She 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. 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. In addition to English, she speaks Arabic. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lewis-Serag include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), holter monitoring, and nutrition counseling. Dr. Lewis-Serag is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. She attended Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center. for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Lewis-Serag average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lewis-Serag is an in-network provider for 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: Cryosurgery, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Laser Surgery, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Percy Bracamonte's specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He practices in Dunedin, FL. He is a graduate of Cayetano Heredia University and a graduate of Jersey City Medical Center's residency program. Clinical interests for Dr. Bracamonte include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. Dr. Bracamonte is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bracamonte honors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Bracamonte 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. Ananda Som, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
30522 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 109
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Ananda Som specializes in general internal medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Som include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. Dr. Som is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Som honors. He graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College. Dr. Som's residency was performed at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Som (or staff) is conversant in Bengali and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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

Dr. Jeffrey Karp is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in Clearwater, FL and Safety Harbor, FL. His clinical interests include migraine, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and sleep apnea. The average patient rating for Dr. Karp is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Karp is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners.

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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.
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