We found 10 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Everyday Health near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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Dr. Arnaldo Torres, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6711 38th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Arnaldo Torres, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. The average patient rating for Dr. Torres is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Torres's areas of expertise include back pain, trigger point injections, and osteoporosis. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Suncoast Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Fibromyalgia, Trigger Point Injections, Lupus, Back Pain, Osteoporosis, Joint Injections

Dr. Allan S Weiss, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Allan Weiss is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Weiss is especially interested in nerve conduction studies (NCS), myasthenia gravis, and muscular dystrophy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Myasthenia Gravis, Nerve Conduction Studies, Muscular Dystrophy, Carpal ... (Read more)

Dr. Saleem R Khamisani, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Saleem Khamisani is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, sleep disorders, and transient ischemic attack (TIA). Dr. Khamisani's average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Khamisani attended Sindh Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Khamisani (or staff) speaks Urdu. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Movement Disorders, Stroke, Back Pain, Transient Ischemic Attack, Alzheimer's ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael A Franklin, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Franklin works as a neurologist. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Franklin include back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and migraine. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Franklin takes. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University. For his professional training, Dr. Franklin completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Franklin has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Franklin's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group.

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

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Neuromuscular Disorders, Fibromyalgia, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Sleep ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark L Ritch, DO
Specializes in Neurology
7995 66th Street N; Suite B
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Mark Ritch specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Largo, FL and Pinellas Park, FL. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky, Dr. Ritch attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. These areas are among his clinical interests: migraine, tourette syndrome, and stroke. Patient ratings for Dr. Ritch average 1.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Ritch speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Spinal Pain, Migraine, Neck Problems, Neuropathy, Dementia, Nerve Conduction ... (Read more)

Dr. Sonal N Shah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6450 38th Avenue N; Suite 100
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Sonal Shah sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Shah's areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis, lupus, and auto injuries. On average, patients gave her a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad for medical school, Dr. Shah completed her residency training at Christ Hospital. In addition to English, she speaks Gujarati. She is professionally affiliated with Northside Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hepatitis, Auto Injuries, Electrocardiogram, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Ear Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shivinder Narwal, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
501 Martin Luther King Street S
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Shivinder Narwal is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Narwal include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Government Medical College, Patiala. Dr. Narwal trained at Kings County Hospital Center for his residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Food ... (Read more)

Dr. Cynthia A Paganini, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 408
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Cynthia Paganini sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. Her medical specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Her clinical interests include diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. Dr. Paganini honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine and a graduate of UNC Hospitals' residency program. Dr. Paganini speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Herpes, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Lupus, Alzheimer's Disease, Hepatitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pacita Tiongson Abinales, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
7500 4th Street N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Pacita Abinales sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. Her medical specialties are general practice and family medicine. Dr. Abinales has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Abinales include diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and hemorrhoid banding. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and BayCare Health System. Dr. Abinales honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. For her professional training, Dr. Abinales completed a residency program at Polyclinic Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Weight Management, Hemorrhoid Banding, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Lupus, ... (Read more)

Dr. Enos Perez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
603 7th Street S; Suite 590
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Enos Perez is a Saint Petersburg, FL physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Perez trained at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center. for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Perez include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Perez is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Ankle Problems, ... (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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