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We found 2 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Bronze 6450/HMO Premier near Aurora, IL.

Dr. Bernard G Wolf II, DO
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Neurology
1315 N Highland Avenue; Suite 100
Aurora, IL
 

Dr. Bernard Wolf specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Aurora, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: seizure disorders, migraine, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Patient reviews placed Dr. Wolf at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare Plans, and Aetna. He graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Wolf is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Seizure Disorders, Back Problems, Migraine, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Muhammad Y Siddiq, MD
Specializes in Neurology
4075 Fox Valley Center Drive; Unit #3
Aurora, IL
 

Dr. Muhammad Siddiq is a neurologist in Yorkville, IL and Aurora, IL. He is a graduate of Dow Medical College. These areas are among his clinical interests: multiple sclerosis (MS), fibromyalgia, and neck pain. Dr. Siddiq is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Siddiq (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. He is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Neck Pain, Fibromyalgia, Lower Back Pain, Sleep Apnea, Neuropathy, Electroencephalography, Stroke, ... (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.