We found 4 providers with an interest in multiple sclerosis and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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

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

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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)

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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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