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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's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Foulk include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. Dr. Foulk honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Florida Hospital Kissimmee. Dr. Foulk is open to new patients.

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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. 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) and practices in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. Patient reviews placed Dr. Gonzales-Portillo at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gonzales-Portillo honors. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University, Dr. Gonzales-Portillo attended medical school at Cayetano Heredia University. Dr. Gonzales-Portillo is conversant in Spanish.

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

Dr. Harald Henningsen is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Henningsen's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Tripler Army 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. Muhammad Amir Khan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Muhammad Khan is a general internist in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Urdu. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Khan attended medical school at Dow Medical College. Dr. Khan honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Alka Arora is an adult hematologist and oncologist in Orlando, FL, Saint Cloud, FL, and Ocoee, FL. She is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Arora's education and training includes medical school at Maulana Azad Medical College and Dow Medical College and residency at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Arora (or staff) speaks Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome

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

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

Dr. Sanjay Shah sees patients in Saint Cloud, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Gujarati. He is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health. After attending American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at PinnacleHealth. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Muhammad Hizkil's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Hizkil (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville, Dr. Hizkil attended Dow Medical College for medical school. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hizkil accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Mamta Vijayvargiya is a specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. She accepts Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), Dr. Vijayvargiya performed her residency at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. She 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: Sickle Cell Disease, Liver Cancer, Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome, Stem ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jorge Otoya is a specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. He works in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. He is a graduate of National University of San Marcos. Dr. Otoya's medical residency was performed at St. Francis Hospital. He is especially interested in bone marrow biopsy. Patient ratings for Dr. Otoya average 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is 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)

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

Dr. Scott Gordon is an orthopedist in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. He obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and performed his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York. Dr. Gordon is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gordon is conversant in Spanish. He is 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, Arm Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Wrist Fracture, Lamina Procedures, Shoulder Fracture, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1600 Budinger Avenue
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Michael Karr's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Karr include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Karr attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

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

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

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

Dr. Vinicio Hernandez practices adult hematology and adult oncology in Orlando, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. In addition to English, Dr. Hernandez speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Hernandez include bone marrow biopsy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. 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 in-network for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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)

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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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