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. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Epstein's areas of expertise include renal artery stenosis, glomerulonephritis, and urine culture. His professional affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Epstein graduated from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Cooper University Hospital.

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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 practices plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Fort Worth, TX and Colleyville, TX. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Smith's areas of expertise include the following: dermabrasion, ear pain, and enlarged turbinates. He is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Smith attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith takes. 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 is a family practice physician. Dr. Maust's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Maust include atrial fibrillation, diabetes screening, and appendicitis. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, and USMD Medical Clinic of North Texas. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Maust is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Travis Air Force Base, David Grant USAF Medical Center, Dr. Maust attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school.

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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. Di Parks specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among her clinical interests: knee problems, strains, and knee surgery. She honors Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Parks attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at JPS Health Network for residency. She has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. She is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Parks's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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