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We found 2 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Choice near Kingwood, TX.

Dr. Seema A Malani, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
9816 Memorial Boulevard; Suite 209
Humble, TX

Dr. Seema Malani is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Malani include knee problems, raynaud's, and osteoporosis. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Malani's education and training includes medical school at Gandhi Medical College Hyderabad and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and residency at New York Downtown Hospital. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Bursitis, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Arthritis, Lupus, Raynaud's, Vasculitis, Osteoporosis

Dr. Mariellen Barker, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
11800 Fm 1960 West
Houston, TX

Dr. Mariellen Barker's medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Dr. Barker's areas of expertise include knee problems, amputees, and myasthenia gravis. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Barker is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Hip Problems, Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoporosis, Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck Pain, Rheumatoid ... (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.