We found 12 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare All Copay near Saint Cloud, FL.

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Dr. David Michael Foulk, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1600 Budinger Avenue
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. David Foulk works as an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. These areas are among Dr. Foulk's clinical interests: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. In addition to English, Dr. Foulk speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Prosthetics, Arm Fracture, Femur Fracture, Fibula Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Tibia Fracture, Sports ... (Read more)

Dr. Mamta Ved Vijayvargiya, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Mamta Vijayvargiya practices adult hematology and adult oncology in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. Dr. Vijayvargiya is in-network for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) and Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Ajmer and a graduate of Jersey Shore University Medical Center's residency program. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome

All Interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome, Stem Cell Transplant, ... (Read more)

Dr. Harald James Henningsen, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1600 Budinger Avenue
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Harald Henningsen's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Tripler Army Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Henningsen accepts Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Henningsen is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Arm Fracture, Femur Fracture, Fibula Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Tibia Fracture, Shoulder Fracture, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alka M Arora, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Alka Arora is a specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. She works in Orlando, FL, Saint Cloud, FL, and Ocoee, FL. Dr. Arora (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. She obtained her medical school training at Maulana Azad Medical College and Dow Medical College and performed her residency at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Arora 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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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome

All Interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome, Hemophilia, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Muhammad Ayaz Hizkil, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Muhammad Hizkil works as a general internist in Saint Cloud, FL and Kissimmee, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Hizkil is 2.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hizkil takes. Dr. Hizkil is a graduate of Dow Medical College. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. Dr. Hizkil (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Hizkil's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Immunization, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
1600 Budinger Avenue
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Michael Karr is an orthopedic reconstructive surgeon in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Karr include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He honors Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Dr. Karr is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Arm Fracture, Revision Elbow Arthroplasty, Fibula Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Tibia Fracture, Lamina ... (Read more)

Dr. Fernando A Gonzales-Portillo, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Fernando Gonzales-Portillo specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Gonzales-Portillo is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Cayetano Heredia University and residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Gonzales-Portillo's professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Radiculopathy, Nuclear Stress Test, Hypertension, Lower Back Pain, Migraine, ... (Read more)

Dr. Muhammad Amir Khan, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Internal Medicine
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Muhammad Khan's medical specialty is anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Khan takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Dow Medical College and performed his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. Khan (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. Dr. Khan is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Immunization, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, PET Scan, Irritable ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott S Gordon, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1600 Budinger Avenue
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Scott Gordon works as an orthopedist. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gordon honors. He studied medicine at New York Medical College. Dr. Gordon trained at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York for his residency. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Wrist Fracture, Lamina Procedures, Shoulder Fracture, Elbow Fracture, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Vinicio Hernandez is a specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. His clinical interests encompass bone marrow biopsy. Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hernandez accepts. Before completing his residency at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Dr. Hernandez attended medical school at Santo Domingo Institute of Technology. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome

All Interests: Kaposi's Sarcoma, Sickle Cell Disease, Skin Cancer, Oral Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Soft Tissue ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3505 Progress Lane
Saint Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Sanjay Shah practices general internal medicine in Saint Cloud, FL. Before performing his residency at PinnacleHealth, Dr. Shah attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. In addition to English, Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Spanish and Gujarati. He is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Immunization, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, PET Scan, Irritable ... (Read more)

Dr. Jorge Guillermo Otoya, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Otoya's specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. He practices in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Otoya include bone marrow biopsy. The average patient rating for Dr. Otoya is 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. Otoya takes. Dr. Otoya obtained his medical school training at National University of San Marcos and performed his residency at St. Francis Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome

All Interests: Gallbladder Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Larynx Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Oral ... (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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