We found 10 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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Dr. Arnaldo Torres, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6711 38th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Arnaldo Torres is an adult rheumatology specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include back pain, trigger point injections, and osteoporosis. Dr. Torres takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Suncoast Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Fibromyalgia, Trigger Point Injections, Lupus, Back Pain, Osteoporosis, Joint Injections

Dr. Allan S Weiss, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Allan Weiss' specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Weiss's areas of expertise consist of nerve conduction studies (NCS), myasthenia gravis, and muscular dystrophy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group. He is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Weiss takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Myasthenia Gravis, Nerve Conduction Studies, Muscular Dystrophy, Carpal ... (Read more)

Dr. Harish J Patel, MD
Specializes in Occupational Medicine, Other, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Neurology
4995 49th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Harish Patel's specialties are occupational medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include seizure disorders, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. Dr. Patel accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Medical College Baroda, Dr. Patel performed his residency at Howard University Hospital. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Bosnian, Spanish, and Gujarati. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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

All Interests: Depression, Sports Health, Dizziness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Saleem R Khamisani, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Saleem Khamisani specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Khamisani average 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Khamisani's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, sleep disorders, and transient ischemic attack (TIA). He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Khamisani graduated from Sindh Medical College. He completed his residency training at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Khamisani (or staff) speaks Urdu.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Movement Disorders, Stroke, Back Pain, Transient Ischemic Attack, Alzheimer's ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael A Franklin, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Franklin specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Patients gave Dr. Franklin an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Franklin include back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and migraine. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group. Dr. Franklin 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. He is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University. He trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for residency. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, Dr. Franklin speaks Spanish.

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

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Neuromuscular Disorders, Fibromyalgia, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Sleep ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark L Ritch, DO
Specializes in Neurology
7995 66th Street N; Suite B
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Mark Ritch practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: migraine, tourette syndrome, and stroke. On average, patients gave Dr. Ritch a rating of 1.5 stars out of 5. 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. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. Dr. Ritch is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Thoracic Problems, Spinal Pain, Migraine, Neck Problems, Neuropathy, Dementia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shivinder Narwal, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
501 Martin Luther King Street S
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Shivinder Narwal's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Narwal include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Narwal graduated from Government Medical College, Patiala and then he performed his residency at Kings County Hospital Center. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Food ... (Read more)

Dr. Cynthia A Paganini, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 408
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Cynthia Paganini sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. Her medical specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Clinical interests for Dr. Paganini include diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Paganini honors. She studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. She trained at UNC Hospitals for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Paganini speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Herpes, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Lupus, Alzheimer's Disease, Hepatitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pacita Tiongson Abinales, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
7500 4th Street N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Pacita Abinales' specialties are general practice and family medicine. Dr. Abinales's medical residency was performed at Polyclinic Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Abinales include diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and hemorrhoid banding. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Abinales is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Health System, and Northside Hospital (Georgia).

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Weight Management, Hemorrhoid Banding, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Lupus, ... (Read more)

Dr. Enos Perez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
603 7th Street S; Suite 590
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Enos Perez works as a family practice physician. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Perez's areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and BayCare Health System. He trained at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center. for his residency. Dr. Perez has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts 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, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Ankle Problems, ... (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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