We found 4 providers with an interest in multiple sclerosis and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida near Spring Hill, FL.

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Dr. Jose Patricio Pizarro Otero, MD
Specializes in Neurology, Sleep Medicine
4102 N. Macdill Avenue; Suite A
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jose Pizarro-Otero is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and sleep medicine. His areas of clinical interest consist of attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), sleep apnea, and stroke. Dr. Pizarro-Otero 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 attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and New York Medical College. Dr. Pizarro-Otero trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for his residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Hospital - South. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Visual Evoked Potential Test, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles W Brock, MD
Specializes in Neurology
13000 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Charles Brock practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Brock has a special interest in multiple sclerosis (MS), neuropathic pain, and pain management. He 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 obtained his medical school training at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Brock is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropathic Pain, Pain Management

Dr. Edmund G Grant Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurology
13801 Bruce B Downs Boulevard; #401
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Edmund Grant's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient reviews placed Dr. Grant at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, and movement disorders. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. Dr. Grant accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Myasthenia Gravis, Dementia, Movement Disorders, Epilepsy, Cognitive ... (Read more)

Dr. Arthur J Pedregal, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
4710 N. Habana Avenue; Suite 303, Office of Arthur Pedregal Md
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Arthur Pedregal's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Pedregal include back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and trigger point injections. Patients gave Dr. Pedregal an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Pedregal obtained his medical school training at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, St. Joseph Children's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Nerve Conduction Studies, Trigger Point Injections, Back Pain, Alzheimer's Disease, ... (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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