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We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Galaxy PPO near North Richland Hills, TX.

Dr. Ira Marc Epstein, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6331 Blvd; 26 Suite 220
North Richland Hills, TX
 

Dr. Ira Epstein's medical specialty is adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include renal artery stenosis, glomerulonephritis, and urine culture. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Epstein graduated from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Cooper University Hospital. On average, patients gave Dr. Epstein a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Renal Vascular Disease, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Jesse Ellis Smith, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1500 S Main Street; Suite 303
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Jesse Smith's medical specialty is plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Areas of expertise for Dr. Smith include dermabrasion, ear pain, and enlarged turbinates. Dr. Smith's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. In addition to English, Dr. Smith speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Enlarged Turbinates, Dizziness, Bone Cancer, Cosmetic Surgery, Hyperparathyroidism, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joel Russel Maust, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
9003 Airport Freeway; Suite 300
North Richland Hills, TX
 

Dr. Joel Maust practices family medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Maust average 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include atrial fibrillation, diabetes screening, and appendicitis. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, and USMD Medical Clinic of North Texas. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Maust is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His medical residency was performed at Travis Air Force Base, David Grant USAF Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Sports Health, Atrial Fibrillation, Diabetes Screening, Diabetes Management, Bronchitis, Bursitis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1500 South Main Street
Ft. Worth, TX
 

Dr. Timothy Niacaris specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Fort Worth, TX and Arlington, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Niacaris include knee problems, steroid injections, and knee surgery. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Niacaris takes. Dr. Niacaris graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Niacaris is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Arm Fracture, Wrist Fracture, Shoulder Fracture, Elbow Fracture, Hand Fracture, Ankle ... (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.