We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Catastrophic HMO near Lees Summit, MO.

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Dr. John Woody Harlan, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2000 Se Blue Parkway; Suite 270 A
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. J. Harlan's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Harlan attended Duke University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at National Naval Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Harlan include bell's palsy, seizure disorders, and migraine. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Harlan is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Electromyography, Botox Injection, Dizziness, Multiple Sclerosis, Bell's ... (Read more)

Dr. Mohd Iqbal Boda, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
3490 Ne Ralph Powell Road; Suite B
Lees Summit, MO
 

Dr. Mohd Boda's specialty is adult hospital medicine. His areas of expertise include ear pain, celiac disease, and ankle sprain. Dr. Boda's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Government Medical College, Srinagar. His professional affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Breast Pain, Depression, Ear Pain, Ankle Sprain, Eczema, Dizziness, Immunization, Bronchitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kathryn A Hedges, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2000 Se Blue Parkway; Suite 270 A
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. Kathryn Hedges is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include tremors, bell's palsy, and blepharospasm. Dr. Hedges is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Ohio State University Medical Center. Dr. Hedges has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Headache, Botox Injection, Multiple Sclerosis, Bell's Palsy, Blepharospasm, ... (Read more)

Dr. Aruna Rokkam, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Internal Medicine, Hematology
2000 Se Blue Parkway; Suite 165
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. Aruna Rokkam is a specialist in oncology (cancer care) and hematology (blood disorders). She works in Independence, MO and Lees Summit, MO. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include cancer surgery, colon cancer, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Rokkam's hospital/clinic affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Menorah Medical Center. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Rokkam is a graduate of NTR University of Health Sciences and Siddhartha Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Rokkam trained at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

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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.
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