Tick borne illnesses are among the most common vector-bourne infectious diseases in the U.S. today. Estimated cases of tick-bourne illness in Wisconsin in 2016 alone was 1,118. The CDC has released that an average estimate of 300,000 cases a year are now being reported of Lyme disease alone. Many cases remain undiagnosed or are commonly misdiagnosed. Many people are unaware that Lyme spirochetes can be spread by other insects than ticks, leaving patients open to weeks, months, or years of confusing symptoms.
The symptoms are diffuse and often mimic other common ailments and can slowly emerge over a series of years. This creates an emotionally draining and confusing scenario for the unlucky victims of these conditions. Dr. Dotto has personal experience and successful results with her patients exhibiting symptoms of tick born illness.
Fever, fatigue, migratory pain/tingling/numbness, unprovoked pain, swelling, inflammation, joint swelling, bone pain, muscle cramps/spasms, foot pain, swollen feet, persistent swollen glands, night sweats, shortness of breath, trouble breathing, heart rhythm disturbances & palpitations, unexplained weight loss, headache, jaw paine, twitiching of facial muscles, stiff/painful neck, sore throat, blurred vision, light sensitivity, vision impaired, auditory hallucination, buzzing/ringing in ears, irritable bowel symptoms, diarrhea, vomiting, decreased libido, mood swings, aggression/rage, unexplained overemotional states, depression, panic attacks, anxiety, burning or stabbing sensations, difficulty remembering words/speech, confused thinking and brain fog, memory issues, sleep problems, insomnia, increased sensitivity to smells, sounds, textures, light and many more disheartening symptoms.
Tick-borne illnesses are caused by infections with a variety of pathogens, including: rickettsia, babesia, bartonella, and other types of bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. Often, individual ticks can harbor more than one disease-causing agent, leaving patients infected with more than one pathogen at the same time, compounding the difficulty in diagnosis and traditional treatment. It is important to identify the compounded infection and address the disease complex with a multi-level treatment plan.