We found 3 providers with an interest in multiple sclerosis and who accept Coventry Gold HMO near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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Dr. Harish J Patel, MD
Specializes in Occupational Medicine, Other, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Neurology
4995 49th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Harish Patel works as a neurologist, occupational medicine specialist, and osteopathic manipulative medicine specialist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include the following: seizure disorders, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel graduated from Medical College Baroda. He trained at Howard University Hospital for his residency. Dr. Patel (or staff) is conversant in Bosnian, Spanish, and Gujarati.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Depression, Sports Health, Dizziness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, ... (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)

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

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What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that attacks the protective covering of nerves, causing communication issues between the brain and other parts of the body. The cause of MS is unknown, but some factors may raise a person’s risk of developing it. For example, if your parent or sibling has MS, or you have another autoimmune disease like type 1 diabetes, you may be more predisposed to getting MS than others.

Symptoms of MS vary widely from person to person. Common ones are weakness in the arm or leg, lack of balance, stiff muscles, fatigue, dizziness, partial or total vision loss, slurred speech, and issues with bowel and bladder function. While there is no cure for MS, treatments focus on the following:

  • Reducing attacks, which occur when nerves become inflamed (or swollen), causing new symptoms to arise or existing ones to worsen. Drugs like corticosteroids lessen inflammation and may help prevent attacks or limit their occurrence.
  • Slowing the development of the disease. Immunomodulators are medications that alter the body’s immune response. They may minimize nerve damage brought on by MS and thus decrease the rate at which it progresses.
  • Easing symptoms. Physical therapy can help with leg weakness and improve balance. Medicines like muscle relaxants may be prescribed to reduce muscle stiffness.
Living with MS can be a challenge, but due to advancements in medicine over the past few decades, the quality of life of people with MS has increased. Although the average life expectancy of those who have the disease is about five years lower than the rest of the population, this difference seems to be at a gradual but steady decline.

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