Autoimmune Diseases Specialist

Jeffrey Miller, MD -  - Rheumatology Specialist

Osteoporosis and Rheumatology Center of Tampa Bay

Jeffrey Miller, MD

Rheumatology Specialist & Internal Medicine Specialist located in Tampa, FL

Residents of Tampa, Florida, who live with an autoimmune disease know firsthand how painful and disruptive these conditions can be. Finding a specialist to guide your care is critical, and the care of Jeffrey Miller, MD, at Osteoporosis and Rheumatology Center of Tampa Bay is simply unparalleled. If you or a loved one is searching for answers regarding autoimmune diseases, schedule an appointment with Dr. Miller online or over the phone.

Autoimmune Diseases Q&A

What are autoimmune diseases?

Autoimmune diseases or disorders arise when your immune system mistakes healthy tissue for a dangerous invader. The same strong immune response that enables human survival kicks in, only in these cases it actually works against you. 

These conditions are evidence of the astounding power of the human immune response, although it’s hard to be impressed when an autoimmune disorder is interfering with your health and wellness. 

Some examples of autoimmune disease include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Lupus
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Psoriasis
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Graves’ disease

There are many types of autoimmune disorders, some of which are more difficult to live with than others. 

What are some symptoms of autoimmune disease?

Each type of autoimmune disease presents a unique set of symptoms, but some general changes develop in many autoimmune conditions. Some things to watch for include:

  • Persistent or recurring joint pain
  • Skin rashes
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Hair loss
  • Numbness or sensations of tingling in your hands and feet
  • Brain fog
  • Muscle aches

One of the most common signs of autoimmune disease is a general sense of malaise, or feeling unwell. Your body will often send clear signals when something is not right, and paying attention to those messages can help you know when to seek treatment. 

What kinds of treatments address autoimmune disorders?

Treating autoimmune disease usually centers on controlling your natural immune response. Reducing inflammation is also important, as swelling is a primary cause of pain. 

Immune-suppressing drugs are one option, and may be used in combination with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. It can take time to find the right drug therapy approach to suit your specific needs, but you can rest assured that Dr. Miller closely monitors your progress and makes adjustments as needed. 

Lifestyle modifications can also greatly improve your quality of life with autoimmune disease. Learn more about these and other options when you come in for a one-on-one consultation and exam. Booking takes just moments online or by phone, so reach out to Osteoporosis and Rheumatology Center of Tampa Bay today.