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
Average rating 3.04 stars out of 5 (12 ratings)
6711 38th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL

Dr. Arnaldo Torres' specialty is adult rheumatology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Torres at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include back pain, trigger point injections, and osteoporosis. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Suncoast Medical Clinic. 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. Dr. Torres studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He trained at St. Vincent's Hospital for residency.

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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
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Allan Weiss is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Weiss attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at VA Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Weiss include nerve conduction studies (NCS), myasthenia gravis, and muscular dystrophy. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Weiss's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , Myasthenia Gravis

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

Dr Saleem R Khamisani MD
Specializes in Neurology
Average rating 3.31 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Saleem Khamisani's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Khamisani's areas of expertise include back pain, sleep disorders, and transient ischemic attack (TIA). His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Khamisani graduated from Sindh Medical College and then he performed his residency at Nassau University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Khamisani (or staff) speaks Urdu. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , Multiple Sclerosis

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

Dr Michael A Franklin MD
Specializes in Neurology
Average rating 3.06 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
1099 5th Avenue N; Suite 300
St. Petersburg, FL

Dr. Michael Franklin is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Franklin's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and migraine. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Franklin has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis

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

Sonal Shah MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 2.08 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
6450 38th Avenue N; Suite 100
St Petersburg, FL

Dr. Sonal Shah's specialty is general internal medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Shah is 2.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include hepatitis, lupus, and auto injuries. She is affiliated with Northside Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System. Dr. Shah is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad. Her medical residency was performed at Christ Hospital. She speaks Gujarati.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Hepatitis, Auto Injuries, Electrocardiogram, Pap Test, Preventive Care, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Dia ... (Read more)

Shivinder Narwal MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
501 Martin Luther King Street S
St. Petersburg, FL

Dr. Shivinder Narwal is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Tampa, FL, Brandon, FL, and Saint Petersburg, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Narwal include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital. Dr. Narwal 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. He graduated from Government Medical College, Patiala and then he performed his residency at Kings County Hospital Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Celiac Disease

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

Mark L Ritch DO
Specializes in Neurology
Average rating 3.07 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
7995 66th Street N; Suite B
Pinellas Park, FL

Dr. Mark Ritch's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. Clinical interests for Dr. Ritch include migraine, tourette syndrome, and stroke. Patient reviews placed Dr. Ritch at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ritch is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Multiple Sclerosis

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Migraine, Neuropathy, Dementia, Nerve Conduction Studies, Tourette Syndrome, Stroke ... (Read more)

Dr Pacita Tiongson Abinales MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
Average rating 3.92 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
7500 4th Street North; Suite B
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Pacita Abinales' specialties are general practice and family medicine. Dr. Abinales completed her residency training at Polyclinic Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and hemorrhoid banding. She has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Abinales honors. She is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
7005 4th Street N; Suite 1
St Petersburg, FL

Dr. Cynthia Paganini practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Before performing her residency at UNC Hospitals, Dr. Paganini attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school. These areas are among Dr. Paganini's clinical interests: diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

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

Enos Perez MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
603 7th Street S; Suite 590
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Enos Perez sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is family medicine. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Perez include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. Dr. Perez takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His residency was performed at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.. Dr. Perez speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

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