We found 12 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept BlueCare near Palm Harbor, FL.

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Dr. Antony G Sankoorikal, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2655 State Road 580; Suite 201
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Antony Sankoorikal is an adult rheumatologist in Clearwater, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Sankoorikal include fibromyalgia, lupus, and arthritis. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and BayCare Physician Partners. Dr. Sankoorikal honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. He is conversant in Malayalam.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Lupus, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Dr. Tatiana Pavlovna Nagibina, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
32615 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 2
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Tatiana Nagibina specializes in adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nagibina include trigger point injections, lupus, and shoulder problems. Dr. Nagibina honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended medical school at Minsk State Medical Institute. In addition to English, Dr. Nagibina speaks Russian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Shoulder Problems, Fibromyalgia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jean-Raphael Raphael Schneider, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
3180 Curlew Road; Suite 201
Oldsmar, FL
 

Dr. Jean-Raphael Schneider's specialties are neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His areas of clinical interest consist of multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuropathy (nerve dysfunction). Dr. Schneider is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Schneider (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. He is professionally affiliated with Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital, and LewisGale Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sports Health, Neuropathy, Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Concussion

Dr. Joseph A Laguna, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2725 Park Drive; Suite 5
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Laguna specializes in general internal medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. Dr. Laguna's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He trained at Conemaugh Health System for residency. Dr. Laguna speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Bone Density Test, Exercise Stress Test, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Shingles, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Thondikulam Ananthanarayanan Subramanian, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2595 Tampa Road; Suite J (oaklake Medical & Professional Center)
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Thondikulam Subramanian, who practices in Hudson, FL, New Port Richey, FL, and Brooksville, FL, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Subramanian include trigger point injections, cancer, and stroke. His average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Subramanian attended Kilpauk Medical College, Madras Medical College, and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Dr. Subramanian (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Tamil, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville, Oak Hill Hospital, and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sports Health, Sleep Disorders, Nerve Block, Dementia, Nerve Conduction Studies, Movement ... (Read more)

Dr. Maha Serag Lewis-Serag, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
3190 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 203
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Maha Lewis-Serag is a family medicine practitioner in Clearwater, FL. Before performing her residency at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center., Dr. Lewis-Serag attended Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Her clinical interests include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), holter monitoring, and nutrition counseling. Patient ratings for Dr. Lewis-Serag average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lewis-Serag is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She speaks Arabic. She is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Laser Surgery, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Qin Gu, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2595 Tampa Road; Suite J (oaklake Medical & Professional Center)
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Qin Gu, who practices in Hudson, FL, New Port Richey, FL, and Brooksville, FL, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He speaks Chinese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gu include sleep apnea, carpal tunnel syndrome, and headache. He is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville, Oak Hill Hospital, and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. He attended Second Military Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at Westchester Medical Center. His average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gu honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sports Health, Sleep Apnea, Neck Problems, Sciatica, Spine Problems, Epilepsy, Neurological ... (Read more)

Dr. Indira K Umamaheswaran, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2595 Tampa Road; Suite J (oaklake Medical & Professional Center)
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Indira Umamaheswaran's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among her clinical interests: trigger point injections, cancer, and stroke. Dr. Umamaheswaran is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville, Oak Hill Hospital, and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Umamaheswaran is a graduate of Calicut Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Umamaheswaran trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). In addition to English, Dr. Umamaheswaran (or staff) speaks Tamil, Hindi, and Malayalam.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Nerve Block, Dementia, Nerve Conduction Studies, Movement Disorders, Trigger Point ... (Read more)

Dr. David William Malka, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2595 Tampa Road; Suite J (oaklake Medical & Professional Center)
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. David Malka works as a neurologist in Brooksville, FL, Hudson, FL, and New Port Richey, FL. Dr. Malka (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Spanish. His clinical interests include trigger point injections, cancer, and pain. Dr. Malka is affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville, Oak Hill Hospital, and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. He attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Patient reviews placed Dr. Malka at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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

All Interests: Sports Health, Sleep Disorders, Neuromuscular Disorders, Nerve Block, Myasthenia Gravis, Dementia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Percy Renato Bracamonte, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
646 Virginia Street; Suite 601
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Percy Bracamonte practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Clinical interests for Dr. Bracamonte include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. Patient ratings for Dr. Bracamonte average 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from Cayetano Heredia University and then he performed his residency at Jersey City Medical Center. Dr. Bracamonte is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ananda Som, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
30522 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 109
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Ananda Som works as an internist. Dr. Som (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Bengali and Hindi. These areas are among his clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. After completing medical school at Maulana Azad Medical College, he performed his residency at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Som takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurology
3251 N Mcmullen Booth Road; #302
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Karp sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: migraine, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and sleep apnea. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Karp attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Karp has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Sleep Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Migraine, ... (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.
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