We found 6 providers with an interest in multiple sclerosis and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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

Dr. Michael Franklin's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Franklin's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and migraine. Patient ratings for Dr. Franklin average 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Franklin attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

Dr. Garcia Jose De Sousa, MD
Specializes in Neurology
3334 66th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Garcia Desousa's medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating 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. Desousa accepts. Dr. Desousa studied medicine at Goa Medical College. Dr. Desousa's residency was performed at DMC Harper University Hospital. He is conversant in Portuguese. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Cluster Headache, Radiculopathy, Lower Back Pain, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Harish J Patel, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
5649 49th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Harish Patel works as a neurologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. He is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to 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 Gujarati and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Depression, Dizziness, Radiculopathy, Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck Pain, Elbow Problems, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Dr. Lisa Ann Flaherty, DO
Specializes in Neurology
5880 49th Street North; Suite 104
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Lisa Flaherty works as a neurologist. Dr. Flaherty is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Laminotomy, Laminoplasty, Cluster Headache, Radiculopathy, Lower Back Pain, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Saleem Khamisani is a Saint Petersburg, FL physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, sleep disorders, and transient ischemic attack (TIA). Dr. Khamisani is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group. Dr. Khamisani is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Sindh Medical College and then he performed his residency 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. Jennifer E Matos-Rodriguez, MD
Specializes in Neurology
5880 49th Street North; Suite 104
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Matos-Rodriguez is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Matos-Rodriguez takes. Dr. Matos-Rodriguez attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Matos-Rodriguez is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Visual Evoked Potential Test, Cluster Headache, Intraoperative Monitoring, Musculoskeletal ... (Read more)

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What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that attacks the protective covering of nerves, causing communication issues between the brain and other parts of the body. The cause of MS is unknown, but some factors may raise a person’s risk of developing it. For example, if your parent or sibling has MS, or you have another autoimmune disease like type 1 diabetes, you may be more predisposed to getting MS than others.

Symptoms of MS vary widely from person to person. Common ones are weakness in the arm or leg, lack of balance, stiff muscles, fatigue, dizziness, partial or total vision loss, slurred speech, and issues with bowel and bladder function. While there is no cure for MS, treatments focus on the following:

  • Reducing attacks, which occur when nerves become inflamed (or swollen), causing new symptoms to arise or existing ones to worsen. Drugs like corticosteroids lessen inflammation and may help prevent attacks or limit their occurrence.
  • Slowing the development of the disease. Immunomodulators are medications that alter the body’s immune response. They may minimize nerve damage brought on by MS and thus decrease the rate at which it progresses.
  • Easing symptoms. Physical therapy can help with leg weakness and improve balance. Medicines like muscle relaxants may be prescribed to reduce muscle stiffness.
Living with MS can be a challenge, but due to advancements in medicine over the past few decades, the quality of life of people with MS has increased. Although the average life expectancy of those who have the disease is about five years lower than the rest of the population, this difference seems to be at a gradual but steady decline.

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