We found 11 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze 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' area of specialization is adult rheumatology. On average, patients gave Dr. Torres a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, trigger point injections, and osteoporosis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Suncoast Medical Clinic. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.

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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, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Weiss has a special interest in nerve conduction studies (NCS), myasthenia gravis, and muscular dystrophy. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group.

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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 areas of specialization are occupational medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease); he sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: seizure disorders, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. Dr. Patel is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel takes. After completing medical school at Medical College Baroda, he performed his residency at Howard University Hospital. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks the following languages: Bosnian, Spanish, and Gujarati.

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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's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Khamisani is 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, sleep disorders, and transient ischemic attack (TIA). His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Khamisani attended medical school at Sindh Medical College. His residency was performed at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Khamisani (or staff) is conversant in 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 is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in Saint Petersburg, FL. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and migraine. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Franklin takes. Dr. Franklin attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, Dr. Franklin speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group.

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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 is a neurologist. Dr. Ritch's areas of expertise include the following: migraine, tourette syndrome, and stroke. His patients gave him an average rating of 1.5 out of 5 stars. He honors 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 Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Ritch's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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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. Sonal N Shah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6450 38th Avenue N; Suite 100
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Sonal Shah's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Shah's areas of expertise include hepatitis, lupus, and auto injuries. Her average rating from her patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended medical school at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad. She trained at Christ Hospital for residency. Dr. Shah speaks Gujarati. Dr. Shah's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, BayCare Health System, and Northside Hospital (Georgia).

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hepatitis, Auto Injuries, Electrocardiogram, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Ear Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Shivinder Narwal practices pediatric gastroenterology. His clinical interests include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital. Dr. Narwal is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at Kings County Hospital Center, Dr. Narwal attended medical school at Government Medical College, Patiala. In addition to English, Dr. Narwal speaks Spanish.

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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 is a Saint Petersburg, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Her areas of expertise include diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. She is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Paganini takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine, she performed her residency at UNC Hospitals. She speaks Spanish.

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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' medical specialty is general practice and family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Abinales include diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and hemorrhoid banding. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Health System, and Northside Hospital (Georgia). Dr. Abinales's training includes a residency program at Polyclinic Medical Center. Patients gave Dr. Abinales an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 practices family medicine. Dr. Perez is rated highly by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Perez include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His residency was performed at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.. Dr. Perez is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and BayCare Health System.

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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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