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We found 2 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Gold near Saint Paul, MN.

Dr. Sundeep Arora, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2200 University Avenue West; #120
St. Paul, MN
 

Dr. Sundeep Arora is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and liver disease. Dr. Arora is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He obtained his medical school training at Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College, Gulbarga and performed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Arora (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is professionally affiliated with Minnesota Gastroenterology (MNGI), P.A..

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Celiac Disease, Liver Disease, Obesity, Allergies, Inflammatory Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffery A Allen, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
360 Sherman Street, Fort Road Medical Building; Suite 350
St. Paul, MN
 

Dr. Jeffrey Allen's specialties are neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among Dr. Allen's clinical interests: myasthenia gravis, guillain-barre syndrome, and muscular dystrophy. He has a 1.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Allen is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Tufts Medical Center's residency program. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2015 Edition; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2016 Edition; and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine "Top Doctor - Rising Star". He is affiliated with the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy, Neurological Disorders, Muscular Dystrophy

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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.