We found 6 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Medicare near Hartford, CT.

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Dr. Helena Nolasco M.D.
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
average rating 2.53 stars (14 ratings)
100 Retreat Avenue; Suite 501
Hartford, CT
 

Dr. Helena Nolasco's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. She studied medicine at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Nolasco's areas of expertise consist of lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Nolasco accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Nolasco (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese. She is affiliated with Hartford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Lupus

Dr. Christine McCrary M.D.
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
average rating 2.96 stars (16 ratings)
100 Retreat Avenue; Suite 501
Hartford, CT
 

Dr. Christine McCrary is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Patients gave Dr. McCrary an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include osteoporosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. She is in-network for Medicare insurance. She graduated from the University of Toledo College of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Hartford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Lupus

Dr. Christopher J. Scola M.D.
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
average rating 3.7 stars (5 ratings)
85 Seymour Street; Suite 1003
Hartford, CT
 

Dr. Christopher Scola specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Hartford, CT and Glastonbury, CT. The average patient rating for Dr. Scola is 3.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Scola focuses on lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. He accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Scola studied medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Hartford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Lupus

Ralph Peter Stocker M.D.
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
average rating 3.88 stars (19 ratings)
195 Eastern Boulevard; #201
Glastonbury, CT
 

Dr. Ralph Stocker is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in Glastonbury, CT. Patients gave Dr. Stocker an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. He is affiliated with Hartford Hospital. Dr. Stocker honors Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Lupus

Jonathan A. Dixon M.D.
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
average rating 2.95 stars (10 ratings)
85 Seymour Street; Suite 601
Hartford, CT
 

Dr. Jonathan Dixon sees patients in Hartford, CT and Manchester, CT. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. His clinical interests include osteoporosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Dixon is professionally affiliated with Hartford Hospital. He attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Dixon takes Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Lupus, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

Dr. Elliot Charles Zweig M.D.
Specializes in Dermatology
average rating 3.67 stars (74 ratings)
41 N Main Street; Suite 211
West Hartford, CT
 

Dr. Elliot Zweig is a specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). He works in West Hartford, CT. His areas of clinical interest consist of psoriasis and melanoma. Patient ratings for Dr. Zweig average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Zweig is in-network for Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Zweig is professionally affiliated with Hartford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Skin Issues, Melanoma

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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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