We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept HealthLink HMO near Chesterfield, MO.

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Dr. Richard H Gelberman, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
14532 S Outer 40; Suite 200
Chesterfield, MO
 

Dr. Richard Gelberman is a hand surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Chesterfield, MO and Saint Louis, MO. His areas of expertise include hand problems, wrist problems, and musculoskeletal problems. Dr. Gelberman is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Orthopedic Center, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, and Washington University Physicians. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Fractures, Musculoskeletal Problems, Hand ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Einer Johnson, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
14532 S Outer 40; Suite 200
Chesterfield, MO
 

Dr. Jeffrey Johnson is a medical specialist in foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests encompass foot reconstruction and ankle reconstruction. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Orthopedic Center, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, and Washington University Physicians. Before completing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Johnson attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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Dr. Jeremy James McCormick, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
14532 S Outer 40; Suite 200
Chesterfield, MO
 

Dr. Jeremy McCormick sees patients in Saint Louis, MO and Chesterfield, MO. His medical specialties are foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He speaks Italian. His areas of expertise include reconstructive surgery. Dr. McCormick's professional affiliations include Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Orthopedic Center, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, and Washington University Physicians. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts, Dr. McCormick attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. McCormick is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Hallux Valgus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Neuromuscular Disorders, Arthroscopic Surgery, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tingting Li, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
13190 S Outer Forty Road
Town & Country, MO
 

Dr. Tingting Li's specialty is adult nephrology. In addition to English, Dr. Li speaks Mandarin. Her areas of clinical interest consist of lupus and kidney failure. She is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine. After attending SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school, she completed her residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Hemodialysis, Lupus, Kidney 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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